The lights are on
Update: A Warner Bros. representative has confirmed the game's release date and provided us with some additional information about the game.
The good news is that the October 7th release of the game for PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC is indeed true. He also gave us some more information on the Dark Ranger pre-order bonus:
Fans who pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will get access at the game's launch to The Dark Ranger exclusive bonus pack.
Available at all participating retailers, the pack will provide exclusive content and challenges for players including:
Dark Ranger Character Skin
- Begin your own quest for vengeance with a new Dark Ranger character skin that embodies Talion's darker side
"Test of Power" Challenge Mode
- Face Sauron's Captains and defeat them to earn powerful Runes and gain a head start in the game
Access to Leaderboards
- Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards
There will also be an iOS companion app for the game, titled Palantir, which will "sync with game assets and the final game, to reveal additional layers of information, insights and fan-authored content, creating a unique second-screen experience." It's now available at the iTunes store and works with the new trailer.
A new trailer for the Warner Bros. highly anticipated Middle-earth RPG appears to reveal a release date for the game.
The trailer, entitled "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Banished From Death Story" shows some dramatic cutscene footage and ends with the game's release date: October 7, 2014.
It also says you can pre-order now to get a bonus Dark Ranger character in the game.
We have reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive for comment to confirm the release date.
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Our Take:This is exciting news. It's an ambitious project and I didn't expect it to be releasing so soon. Let's hope we get official confirmation soon.
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