The Next Big Lord of the Rings Game is a New (Non-Book) Prequel

With The Hobbit trilogy still coming out in theaters, and Lord of the Rings generally being a hot property, it shouldn’t come as a surprised that Warner Bros. is keen to get another video game out there based within that world.  Today, GameInformer dropped the veil on Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a brand new open-world action game set in a time before the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Developed by Monolith games (Guardians of Middle-Earth), the story is all new and doesn’t come from any Tolkien material, though plenty of his elements are sure to be found. 

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While details are scant right now (more is to be revealed in GameInformer’s next issue) it will be released on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4, and WB released this short press release that talks about it:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a next-gen, third-person action game set in the legendary Tolkien universe of Middle-earth. In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players explore an original story of vengeance and redemption as they take control of Talion, a ranger whose family is murdered at the hands of Sauron and his army the night they return to Mordor.

Developed for next-gen consoles, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor introduces the Nemesis System, a powerful and dynamic gameplay mechanic that allows players’ actions to shape enemy relationships and characteristics to create personal and unique story and gameplay arcs that are persistent even after death. Players experience a unique game every time as the dynamic world reacts and adapts to their choices.

Are you looking forward to a new Lord of the Rings game?