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'Shadow of Mordor' brings the best of 'The Lord of The Rings' and 'The Hobbit'

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive, used with permission.

Whereas the previous Lord of the Rings videogames were based on the Peter Jackson films, Monolith is looking to take inspiration from the source material and put the literature to good use. While talking with Examiner, Michael de Plater, Direct of Design at Monolith, shared new information on what Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will use from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books for inspiration and story elements.

The lore and epic tale which spans across The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings is one that has captivated audiences for decades. With the franchise rising to recent prominence thanks to the Jackson films, Tolkien’s story has been able to live on and mesmerize both the young and the old. While talking about what inspired the development team - the books or movies, Michael de Plater shared with us that the development team has been directly inspired by the literature with a strong focus on the connection between the stories. Find de Plater’s comment below:

We are directly inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings literature and in particular by exploring the connections between those stories.

He continued to share with us that the time between the Battle of the Five Armies and the War of the Ring provides an opportunity to tell a grand, standalone story that is able to connect the established tales and the history of Middle-earth. This scope grants the development team the chance to not only remain true to the source material, but to use the canon story and blend it with creative freedoms. Find de Plater’s full explanation below:

The decades in between the Battle of Five Armies and the War of the Ring provide enormous scope to tell an epic, standalone story that also connects to the established tales and the deeper history of Middle-earth. It gives us the best of both worlds in terms of combining creative freedom with authenticity to the established canon.

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.