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Monolith confirms upgradeable travel, describes motivations for Shadow of Mordor

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Upcoming PS4 and Xbox One title, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, looks to be quite the expansive journey as players explore the world of Middle-earth. While talking with Examiner recently, Michael de Player, director of design on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, shared new information on how players will travel through Middle-earth. Furthermore, de Plater speaks on the pressures and excitement of developing a game set in this universe.

With Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor being an open-world game, exploration and travel is an important and key aspect to the title. Luckily, it sounds like the team at Monolith has some exciting ideas as to how players will be able to travel throughout the game. Though short on details at the current time, Michael de Plater told us that the travel system found in Shadow of Mordor will be upgradable and receive improvements as the player progresses. Find de Plater’s full explanation below:

Yes, travel is something that is upgraded and improved in multiple ways as the game progresses. We're going to reveal more details of that later.

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings brand is one of great popularity. When developing a new game to for such an established IP, it comes with certain expectations and this can lead to inordinate pressure on the development team. Knowing the importance and admiration of the brand, de Plater tells us that the development team feels excitement and a sense of responsibility in approaching the title’s development. Thanks to the vastness of Middle-earth and its lore, it inspires the team and gives them an avenue of creative freedom to explore. Find de Plater’s full comment below:

We feel an enormous amount of excitement and responsibility, both as fans and creators. Middle-earth is so timeless and beloved; because the world is so deep and rich it provides an amazing combination of inspiration and creative freedom to explore.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be released for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 later in this year. We’ll have more with on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor coming each day this week, with our full interview with Michael de Plater being posted on Friday, May 2. Stay tuned for more exciting and new information.

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