Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Gets PS4-Exclusive Missions

Take on two of Sauron's toughest Warbands in PS4-exclusive preorder bonus missions.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the upcoming open-world game set in the Lord of The Rings universe, will have missions exclusive to those who preorder the game for the PlayStation 4.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog from developer Monolith Productions' Community Manager Andy Salisbury, preordering the game for PS4 will get you the PlayStation Legion Edition missions. The exclusive missions will have you battling two more Warbands in Mordor: the Blood Hunters and the Flesh Burners.

The Blood Hunters, he said, are master assassins who travel in packs, and defeating them will earn you the Stinging Blade Rune. The Flesh Burners are a band of elite archers, and defeating them will earn you the Black Arrow Rune.

The missions included in the PlayStation Legion Edition are on top of The Dark Ranger preorder bonus you get no matter what platform you preorder the game for. It includes the Dark Ranger character skin and the Test of Power Challenge Mode. Both are different from the retailer-specific preorder bonuses.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is coming to North America on September 30 for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with a release on PC coming worldwide two days later, on October 2.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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thelastofelves
thelastofelves

I just pre ordered on PS4 and it says expect to play on September 28th at 12 am? I get it two days early?

iiRickk
iiRickk

The PS4 version also has frame dips just like the Xbox One version. They both run very smooth and look very good!

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

It still won't make the game stand up to failing to look next-gen.  It will fail.

nurnberg
nurnberg

What the hell.  Not only this game have this, but they also have a DLC pass.  Lol!  This has to be some of the worst marketing ever.  Their greed will cause this game to flop.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Ouya is the only true next gen console. Its pure and without flaw.

beuneus12
beuneus12

Bought exclusives suck, no matter the system. It's a different story if the studio actually belongs to the console maker.

And then they still whining they need more $$$ from DLC, micro transactions etc. You can see to what BS those dollars are going...

Truekilla2k
Truekilla2k

I'm a ps4 gamer but this exclusive this exclusive that is pissing me off. I just wan't everyone to play the games they wan't on the console they wan't (with the exception of the true exclusives .. uncharted...halo etc... they are the console's flavor so to speak). 

hanlon23
hanlon23

I feel like I'm the only one hyped for this game. I truly feel that this game is a dark horse and a lot of people are hopefully going to be surprised how good it is. I watched a few game play videos and the nemesis program looks crazy and the fact that you can take over enemies minds and control them or if you try to kill a enemy or boss if they live they remember you and how you tried to kill them. The AI in this game is truly next gen and yes I know its being released on old gen but the developer all ready said that Ps4/X1 are the platforms they are developing for and alot of the nemesis program wont work they same ps4/x1 as it is in ps3/360 I actually think its a different company from monolith porting the game to old gen. I hope that people give this a chance its something new and so far everyone that has played it was really surprised how good it is.

miniwheats7
miniwheats7

These are the kind of exclusives that piss me off. Now I don't feel like in buying a complete game if I get it on xbox. Exclusives should never affect gameplay or the story. The fact that this dlc delves deeper into factions in the game and gives you special runes to change gameplay makes me feel a bit shafted for the xbox version with content left out. I'm fine when dlc is cosmetic such as a different outfit or a weapon with a different skin essentially or even when a collector editions adds a exclusive cloth and deck of cards is fine. Shadow of Mordor will not be getting my money until they release a version next year with all the dlc included or if I really feel tempted to but this game in buying it used.

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

Sony has made it clear that they don't have to pay for exclusives. I think this is just giving MS the D back for developing such a piece of crap machine that is such a labor to create games for. And we know how Bungie feels about MS. We also know Sony will spend more to promote the games, so its an added incentive.

themc_7
themc_7

this is a dreadful business practice that is anti-consumer. I wish they'd stop with these timed exclusives, console specific missions, pre-order bonuses etc. All in the name of console sales.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

If you cancel a preorder over this. You're just a dumbass.

maximo
maximo

these games are usually below par anyway. Not for real hardcore gamers like us xbox owners.



xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

Oh god, exclusive content. Lets start a petition and cry so much the Dev makes an apology and coddles our crying ways.

dani_i89
dani_i89

And people were b!tching about the Tomb Raider timed exclusivity on Xbox. How pathetic.

bikerd82
bikerd82

@hanlon23 You are not alone! I'm also a huge AC fan and this will be an upgraded version of that with LOTR story. After seeing demos and things it's going to be awesome! All the naysayers are just whiney babies who just want to tear things down. They probably didn't get enough hugs growing up. 

eddieham13
eddieham13

@hanlon23 Nope you're not. This is my most anticipated title of the year. I'm a big Assassins Creed fan as well and this has my attention even over that. 

Ayzed
Ayzed

@hanlon23 Nah man I'm hyped aswell, I'm not even a huge LOTR fan but this game looks f#ckin sick!

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

I think if they tried to make the dlc for xbox it would never release on time since devs have a harder time to develop for xbox anyways.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

So are trying to say they just given this to Sony?

Or saying Sony will market this more and pay for some advertising so they traded,with additional content?

maximo
maximo

@_williamwallace i didnt even preorder this in the first place as this games are usually very poor and extremely boring

OMGWYATT
OMGWYATT

@maximo People like you make me embarrassed to even own an Xbox One.

sammoth
sammoth

@xxmavr1kxx  Oh I guess then X1 owners should make death threats to the voice actors of the game then.

columbosoftserv
columbosoftserv

@xxmavr1kxx Please explain how it makes any sense to have content locked to one particular platform, other than the developer receiving a large cheque from that platform? It only hurts gamers in general, there is no issue about 'entitlement' as your subsequent comment in another thread seems to imply. It just puts people off due to them feeling as though they are not getting their money's worth compared to the exclusive content platform owners. It's logic.

OMGWYATT
OMGWYATT

@dani_i89 having bonus DLC and Microsoft buying the rights to limited duration exclusivity for an already existing IP are the same to you? Yikes.

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

Sony will market it more so it works out. Because ps4 is easier to develop for, they have more time to create the dlc for ps4 rather than the Xbox.

flyincloud1116
flyincloud1116

@_williamwallace I can see it being free in an attempt to make PS4 owners feel special.  There are almost twice as many PS4 owners than X1, so throw in about 30 minutes extra to get more sales.

maximo
maximo

@OMGWYATT @maximo yeah ive played a bunch of these games. They are usually below par in nearly every respect. 

dani_i89
dani_i89

@OMGWYATT @dani_i89  I know the difference. What I'm getting at is that I'd rather wait a month or 2 to play the full game rather than buy the incomplete version on day 1.

sammoth
sammoth

@brocklee5000  The PS4 and the X1 use the same architecture with the exception of the ESRAM. Please shut up you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Sony won't market it more for free.....the difficulty of development is no reason either, extra content is usually out off to another team within the development.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Maybe so, but it's not just handed out because it's ps4 like some people have been saying here.

flyincloud1116
flyincloud1116

@_williamwallace Either SONY paid for it or something along the line of my above thinking.  Look, there has to be some type of incentive to do this.  Or maybe goodwill in the future, hell I don't know. 

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

I agreed with you, but like you said, their has to be an incentive. Their not handing it out just because ps4 is doing good tho, that's all I was saying