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Monolith: Middle-earth Wasn't Designed To Be A "Movie Game"

It's obviously based in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe but "Lord of the Rings" isn't in the title.

Why? Well, according to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor lead designer Bob Roberts, it was a matter of separating the game from the movies. Considering the track record of games based on films, that probably wasn't a bad idea (even though we've seen some decent LotR interactive adventures in the past).

Said Roberts during a recent Eurogamer interview:

"One of the things, our goals from the beginning was not to make a movie game--not to just rehash the same events over again. So just trying to make the best game we can, and make it clear that this is its own thing, it's its own story, it's its own experience. We're not just rehashing a movie."

Roberts added that giving it a fresh name also gives newcomers to LotR a starting point. If you're enticed by what you see, you might "dig into the rest of the world." The game certainly turned out well, earning high praise from many critics, and we said it "delivers the fantasy goods in spades." As for whether or not we'll see a sequel, Roberts said that will be up to the fans. He did say there are plans for DLC, which will "tell new stories," so that's good news.

Related Game(s): Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Tags: middle earth shadow of mordor, monolith productions, lord of the rings game

10/2/2014 10:01:01 PM Ben Dutka

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SASSYGIRL82
Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 10:52:34 PM
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Probably cause lord of the rings has turned totally gay n only ppl nerdy than star wars geeks like it

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Banky A
Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 1:06:57 AM

Sass

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Underdog15
Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 1:26:21 PM

um................. what?

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Corvo
Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 2:46:44 AM
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Well duh. Assassins Creed: Middle Earth.

Gotta get that Goddess thing with things that don't matter and bore the players to death.

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SayWord
Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 8:03:27 AM

What the heck are you talking about?

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Underdog15
Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 1:27:03 PM
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I think it's cute people associate "Lord of the Rings" with movies now.

I remember reading "The Hobbit" in grade 3 for a book report.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Saturday, October 04, 2014 @ 9:21:19 PM
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yeah i think thats good i don't think games to movie or vice versa its just not for ever game and i'm glad they cleared that up

happy gaming

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