In an environment when we are more likely to see release dates bumped back or delayed into the next year due to development or marketing reasons, it's rare to see a big budget game actually pushed forward.
So it was a bit of a surprise that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this morning announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, their Monolith-developed action oriented console and PC release, would be moving from an October 7th launch up to September 30th.
Those who want to experience some Middle-earth themed rage a bit earlier, can do so a week earlier.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, will be available in the Americas on Tuesday, September 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. PC and Steam will be available worldwide on October 2.
Based on hearing fans’ excitement over the latest chronicle in Middle-earth, WBIE will release the action game earlier than originally planned at all participating retailers. In the game, players will experience the depth of the Nemesis System, where every enemy is unique, differentiated by their appearance, personality, strengths and weaknesses. These enemies are shaped by their encounters with the player to create personal archenemies who are unique to every gameplay session.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a vibrant game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
You are Talion, a Ranger of the Black Gate, keeping watch over Mordor which has remained undisturbed for ages. In the blink of an eye, everything is taken from you - your friends, your family, and even your own life. Resurrected by a vengeful spirit, you must now embark on a relentless vendetta against those who have wronged you. Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle in Middle-earth. Harness the Spirit of vengeance to inflict brutal combos while mastering powerful new skills and weaponry. Exploit the individual fears, weakness and memories of your enemies as you dismantle Sauron's forces from within. Become the most feared force in Mordor in a new chronicle set before the events of the Lord of the Rings.