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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

New Video Digs Into Voice Acting, Cinematics

According to voice actor Troy Baker, he and cinematic director Christian Cantamessa felt an instant connection in their collaboration over the new game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. A new developer diary shows some of what they bonded over, including footage of their motion-capture sessions and the game itself.

The pair say everything in the game was included to drive the story forward. "There's not one scene in this game that is superfluous," Baker says. "Everything is incredibly purposeful, and if it wasn't, it got cut."

Cantamessa says his role on set was to work with Baker and the other actors to make sure that they were in an environment where they felt supported and were allowed to be creative. The video is a little touchy-feely, but there's enough gameplay footage in there to remain interesting for people who don't necessarily care that much about behind-the-scenes action.

With Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith and Warner Bros. face the challenge of creating a game that bridges the storylines between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, honoring both fans and scholars. We got to play it at E3, and we were able to spend a considerable amount of time doing some pretty awesome things in Middle-earth. To learn more about the game overall, visit our hub page by clicking on the banner below. It's filled with exclusive video features, interviews, and more.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is set for an Oct. 7 release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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  • Way too much Troy Baker in everything. Not that he doesn't do his job well.
  • Baker is ubiquitous these days and Cantamessa is from Red Dead. Pretty good assets for a game that is shapin up nicely and one I am heavily considering to purchase.

  • This game seems like it could be GOTY worthy. I'm really excited for this game. It took me a while to choose this over DA:I. Looking forward to seeing the Nemesis system myself.

  • Do they have to have that pre-order message at the end of every trailer?

  • Definitely a game worth keeping an eye on. Hope they dont dissapoint.

  • I wish GI would just put their videos on Youtube, the video play they are using right now is terrible.
  • Why come no allistair?
  • Geez, Troy Baker has been in everything lately. I've been on the fence about this one for a while now, and I'm definitely going to have to wait to see what it's really like.

  • I'm very excited for this game.

  • I'll be holding off to see some reviews on this one. It looks like it could be phenomenal; my main concern is that it seems to be extremely combat-oriented. I'd like some more variety to the gameplay than that (exploration, world/social interactions, non-combat-centric quests, etc.), but I guess time will tell.
  • This game looks great. I hope its good cause I know I'm waiting till it comes out before I decide to get it or not.

  • This game looks amazing, easily the first title I'm playing in October. As a guy who lovers anything Tolkien this is like a dream come true.

  • Day one buy for me.

  • Oh man. I have been following this game from day one and it really looks terrific. But it is releasing on the same day as freaking Dragon Age Inquisition AND Alien Isolation. Jesus. Meanwhile, I have no games to play all summer long. So stupid.