New Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer goes behind the scenes

Find out how Monolith Productions are bringing Tolkien's world to life

From the very beginning, all of us here at Monolith Productions knew we had to go to great lengths to make Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4 and PS3 as authentic as possible. From the landscape, to the weapons, to the inhabitants, to the architecture — everything required extreme attention to detail, and our main story was no exception.

To make the story of Talion and the mysterious Wraith he’s connected to a reality, we worked with Lead Designer and Writer Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption). And to bring our Ranger of The Black Gate to life, we could think of none better than the esteemed Troy Baker (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City). Together, we’re shaping this new tale set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Check out our latest trailer above, which shows a glimpse of what it was like on set, and look closely for the first glimpse of a beloved Middle-earth character, and a few new faces.

Both Troy and Christian had a tremendous impact on Shadow of Mordor, and we can’t wait to share it with the world. Be sure to keep your eyes here on PlayStation Blog for more updates.

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Alphaembryo 11 July, 2014 @ 16:14

Thank you. No.

bubble_boy01 11 July, 2014 @ 17:06

Are you trying to make a catchphrase Alphaembryo?

Alphaembryo 11 July, 2014 @ 21:36

If I was, is it working?


I’m sorry, but you don’t get to use the word “authentic” to describe this game. The whole “wraith” thing you have going on doesn’t fit the lore at all and from what we’ve seen so far the player character posesses powers that exceed even Saurons. Actual magic doesn’t exist in LOTR, so including it in this game automatically makes it anything but authentic, I can’t imagine Tolkien would have given this the green light to carry the LOTR name if he were still here.

Don’t get me wrong, this game looks good and would have done just fine without the LOTR name on it. I mean it’s not like we’re drowning in fantasy action RPGs right bow.

Ninja_Se7eN 12 July, 2014 @ 20:02

“Actual magic doesn’t exist in LOTR”.
What would call to the ability of turning invisible when you put a ring on then?

Magic does exist in LOTR as well as wraiths =/.


That’s just stupid, of course ‘actual magic’ exists in the LotR universe.


I’ll rephrase. Magic no longer exists in the LOTR universe. There is some lingering magic, but nothing like what is featured in this game. What we’re seeing effectively amounts to spells and magic of that kind hasn’t existed in LOTR for thousands of years, unless you subscribe to the theory that Tom Bombadil is one of the Maia as Tolkien never actually revealed who or what Tom actually is.

Don’t confuse the lingering effects of ancient magic such as the rings of power or the wraiths with actual magic, that’s basically what these guys have done to try and force their generic fantasy game into the LOTR world.

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Funniest thing I read this week (I think on IGN) was “Shadow of Mordor is a video game that’s coming out soon, so it’s got Troy Baker in it.”

Actually what’s really funny is that when they mention Troy Baker they seem to forget he also voiced characters (Kanji Persona 4 – I challenge anyone to watch the steamy bathhouse scene and viewing of Kanji on the midnight channel or even better impersonating the birth of Venus then try to play any western game he’s voiced and not have those scenes burned into your mind…forever. He also voiced Mitsunari in Samurai Warriors 3 which is about as emo a character as you can get…one of his moves is called depression. He’s also voiced Snow Villers in the FFXIII game and Naruto (Pain I think) and yet the only games of supposed relevance are these same 3 AAA western games and completely excludes any work he did before.

I’m sort of interested in this game but then I think oh dear I was once interested in Lord of The Rings Conquest until I actually played it.


Is too bad this game didn’t follow LOTR: War in the North and have local co-op.
Complete missed opportunity, hope they learn with the sequel.

raphadrimel02 14 July, 2014 @ 02:36

is too amenzing game

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