NEWS - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be a next-gen focused game

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is being developed with a focus on PS4 and Xbox One, meaning some aspects of the ambitious ’Nemesis system’ are unlikely to make it into the current-gen versions of the game.

Speaking to IGN, design director Michael de Plater explained that though every effort was being made to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the upcoming game as close to the others, Shadow of Mordor is essentially a next-gen game.

"We’re very focused on the PS4 and Xbox One,” he said. “We’re focusing on the next-gen platforms, and then going to do whatever we can to get as much as possible on current-gen.

"To break it down, some of the stuff we’re pretty confident will still be very similar on current gen: the core mechanics, like combat, stealth, ranged and movements; the basic control and gameplay, that should all be really solid. What it won’t have is the same level of depth and variety and simulation within the ’Nemesis system’.

"The story will be the same and the core gameplay will be the same, but [the ’Nemesis system’ is] just so huge in terms of content, calculations and AI we’ll just have to try and get as much of it in as we can."



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