Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has already won loads of awards, and it's not even out yet. It's set in The Lord of the Rings universe, so as you might imagine, it's getting a lot of attention and we're pretty excited about it. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about Shadow of Mordor, including its release date, gameplay features, trailers and screenshots.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor release date
There's not long to wait until Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is released. It's set to come out on 7 October 2014 worldwide, available in the UK from Amazon, Game, Tesco and more.
It's coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so even if you don't own the new generation of consoles, you'll still be able to play. See also: PS4 vs Xbox One comparison review
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor pre-order
You can pre-order Shadow of Mordor now. It's available to pre-order from Amazon for all platforms, starting at £25 for PC and reaching up to £40.99 for PS4. Pre-ordering will get you an exclusive 'The Dark Ranger' playable character skin and the 'Test of Power' challenge mode.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor gameplay
If you're wondering what Shadow of Mordor is all about, we've got the answers for you here. It's an open world game set in Mordor, in which players take on the role of Talian, a Ranger of the Black Gate who is intent on getting revenge on those who killed his family.
The developers of the game, Monolith Productions, have come up with a 'Nemesis System', which means that the actions players take throughout the game will effect how characters react to Talion later in the story. However, the Nemesis System may not be as advanced on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, Monolith has said.
There are skill trees to help level up Talion's abilities, too.
Lead writer and director of the game, Christian Cantamessa, says: "Shadow of Mordor is a new chapter in the universe of the world that Tolkien has created. It's kind of bridging the gap between the story of The Hobbit and the story of The Lord of the Rings."
"For Shadow of Mordor, the challenge was to create something new, but that was built on the foundation of Tolkien, and to be respectful of his ideas, while incorporating ours," added Cantamessa, who has previously worked on popular games such as Red Dead Redemption. "To be respectful of the fans and the scholars that have studied the materials, and at the same time allow us to apply the material to the video game medium."
We'll bring you more information about Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor as it surfaces.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor videos
Above is a behind-the-scenes video that gives some insight into the game and how it's made. It also reveals that players will encounter Gollum in Shadow of Mordor, though it's not yet known how big a part he'll play in the game.
There are also several trailers and gameplay videos for Shadow of Mordor, which you can watch below.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailers
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor gameplay videos
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor screenshots
Below are several official screenshots from Shadow of Mordor. Click the image to get a closer look.