The Next Big Thing in Middle-earth Gaming

I’m itching to see the next instalment of Middle-earth on the big screen when The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres on December 13.

I’ve worked my way through all of the teasers, trailers, sneak peeks and vlogs YouTube has to offer, and I’m still hungry for more. After all, the holidays are fast-approaching, and what are the holidays without a return to Tolkien?


via Monolith Productions

In the meantime, though, there’s big news on the gaming front. Monolith is hard at work on what’s looking to be a very impressive game: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Set in the loosely-chronicled time period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the game follows ranger-turned-wraith Talion and his own personal strife following the death of his family, himself and his subsequent resurrection in the service of Sauron.

What’s really cool about the concept is that it’s set in Mordor before it was transformed into a barren breeding ground for Orcs and your run-of-the-mill evil. While it’s still far from lush, it’s a part of the world never really glimpsed before. Until now. Cue them Isengard horns. is following the project closely, with developer interviews, story and concept details and some artwork too. While there’s still no gameplay footage, GameInformer’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hub is REALLY worth your time. Watch the intro vid below and get excited:

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