Shadow of Mordor DLC Pass Announced, But No Word On Pricing

[UPDATE] It will sell for $25.

[UPDATE] A Warner Bros. representative tells GameSpot that the DLC pass for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will sell for $25.

The original story is below.

Warner Bros. today announced that upcoming role-playing game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will have a DLC pass, but didn't answer all the questions gamers will probably have about it.

The DLC Pass includes the exclusive Guardians of the Flaming Eye mission (and you can earn the Rising Flame rune by completing it), and early access to the "Trials of War" challenge series. Warner Bros. says your skills will be put to the test as you square off against Sauron's forces in these challenge modes, which also let you post scores to a leaderboard to compete with friends.

Also included with the Shadow of Mordor DLC pass are new story missions that promise "hours" of gameplay. One is called Lord of the Hunt (you'll hunt wild beasts in Mordor), while the other is called The Bright Lord. In this mission, you will play as Celebrimbor (the forger of the Rings of Power) as you battle against Sauron and his forces.

In addition, the Shadow of Mordor DLC pass includes "access to future content." This will include rune, skins, and "additional future add-on content."

Warner Bros. did not announce pricing details for the Shadow of Mordor DLC pass or any of the content included with it if you want to buy expansions individually. Historically, these types of passes are offered from $20-$50 and represent a savings over buying the content separately.

It is also unclear when the Shadow of Mordor DLC pass content will be available. We have followed up with Warner Bros., asking for more clarity about pricing and release information.

Shadow of Mordor is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy world of Middle-earth. It takes place after The Hobbit and before The Lord of the Rings, and offers an original story. You play as Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything else he cares about. He is brought back from death by a mysterious spirit and can move through the world as a ranger/wraith hybrid. Shadow of Mordor also includes an ambitious Nemesis system that promises unique enemies, but this feature is scaled back for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

Set to launch September 30, Shadow of Mordor is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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161 comments
yngsten
yngsten

DLC passes is bull, do we order anything else in this world without having some idea of what we get? Other than the average Joe ordering food from an asian restaurant with no english menu 'll say no.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I was looking forward to this game until I heard about the DLC seasons pass.

Now I'll wait until the complete pack is available in a year or so after release, so I think at least a "thanks for the warning" is in order - I hope it was their intention to make me want to pay less because that's what they achieved.

My backlog will surely keep me entertained until then - See you in a year for around 15 to 25 EUR tops then.

ecter1216
ecter1216

I would totally be fine if the DLC was some new weapon or some costumes or free level ups like the Tales of Series. They have tons of DLC but none of them effect the story at all. Tales of Graces F after you beat the main story had a built in DLC that continued the story another good 20 hours + and even introduced a new way to battle.  Those are how games should be made! 140+ it took to beat it and beat all of its hidden bosses. The Tales of Series has always been good though. But only because they cater to the japanese market where I am guessing they wouldn't put up with this BS. So they just make more complete games. 

rmokeefe76
rmokeefe76

Pretty gutsy to announce DLC pricing when your game hasn't released yet or even been properly critiqued.

How about offering a ULC option - uploadable content where we can send the game back to the developer and get our money back if the game sucks?

daviz88
daviz88

DLC already? what has become of gaming

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Welp...there goes another one off my wishlist. I hope they don't mess up Arkham Knight with this horrible news

GunEye
GunEye

Remember how one of From Software representive (at E3 2014 prior to Dark Souls 2 DLC release, during an interview with Gamespot) declared they never had any plans and did not prepare any DLC content prior to the release of DS2. How they worked hard to make it in a couple of months, because of fans' demand.

LOL that was an hilarious big fat lie.

Yeah you made all that content in a mere few months..and right... that faded wall in Majula was never meant for DLCs hints.

GunEye
GunEye

Hell yeah DLC Season Pass!!! Take my money!

Man how I love to be a gamer!!

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Yet another game to wait for the "Definitive/Complete/GOTY/Enhanced/Whatever" Edition of...

adino86
adino86

what is next? They are gonna charge by the hour? 

couly
couly

I paid $50 for Sega Master System games back in the 80s and each game lasted months and were replayable and you were never sure if you would ever finish a game, with no guides and internet.  Now its a matter of 'when' you will finish a game, a matter of hours in some cases, for $60 and then you have these ridiculous season passes, DLC, unfinished buggy games that you need to install spyware to run,. Pah I'm old.

isshiah
isshiah

....of course it was.



Greyslay
Greyslay

I'm gonna be honest here I haven't bought any DLC for a game since Fallout 3. Because back then when it was 5 bucks for there expansion packs or whatever you wanted to call them it was totally worth it. Extra couple hours and gameplay and fun. I do understand it's not required to play the game and I wouldn't have a problem with DLC but it's just to damn expensive today considering usually it's nowhere near worth it's value. I don't see how they can justify charging almost half of what the retail game cost. But sadly today's gaming world seems built around nickle and diming you every way they can legally.

jdc6305
jdc6305

Cross another day 1 purchase off my list. Guess I'll have to wait until it's used for $15.

_planet
_planet

The game hasn't even been released yet and their talking about DLC, I can't be the only one who thinks that's fucked. Stop taking away game content, only to release it later, for the sake of a few lousy extra bucks, Assholes.

anakvunky
anakvunky

lucky i have plenty of GOTY edition backlog from the sale... i'll buy this game later for its GOTY edition which includes all DLC on SALE!

Defender1978
Defender1978

I'll just wait for the "Definitive Edition."

qtmew
qtmew

Seeders count have suddenly increased..

jack00
jack00

So I guess this is gaming in 2014 and from now on... I pity the youth who will never experience a good old 60$ game which included 100% of it and who offered hundreds of hours of fun.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I'm good; I'll just play whatever they didn't chop out of the game ;)

straightcur
straightcur

Why do they keep announcing DLC passes?  It just makes me lose interest in the game. If it turns out to be good, I will buy later at a sharp discount,  usually with all DLC included.   Stop pre-ordering!  and definitely Stop pre-ordering DLC! 

Garm31
Garm31

Another pre-release, DLC pass announcement? First The Evil Within and now this game. Stripping out content and selling it back to us. Not touching this game.

BrokenChaos666
BrokenChaos666

I miss the days when games were released and expansions were a surprise. Now DLC is developed and priced before a game is even released. Sigh.

ecter1216
ecter1216

The sad thing is that alot will buy this. People who pay for DLC are the problem. I honestly bet if no one bought a single DLC for any game for just 6 months the whole industry would change and they would either start including it or waiting a good amount of time before announcing it. To bad most people are sheeple

ecter1216
ecter1216

Well count me out then, the game isn't even released and you have so much DLC for it instead of including it into the original game. This is why people buy used. I will just wait till GOTY edition. 

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

At least there are plenty of ways to get discount on this, and then i'll just watch whatever extra content releases. It's a pretty $hitty thing to do, but unfortunately not enough people vote with their wallet.

traitor_651
traitor_651

@yngsten Buying DLC is the equivalent of buying extra topings on your pizza, or extra sides for your meal. The original price is for the original product, you pay extra for the extra stuff. It's what it is and I'm personally willing to pay more for more of a game that I enjoy

jdc6305
jdc6305

@anakvunky Yep thats what I've been doing. Wait until the GOTY is dirt cheap. If they want to F- me on content I'll F- them right back. 

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

@jack00  Yup I've been gaming since Atari 2600. I think I'd prefer a larger upfront cost for the whole game at once. Games have been $60 for a long time now. Make them $80 and stop with all the damn DLC/microtransactions. I know it won't happen. Probably be $80 PLUS the DLC/MT soon. Good times....

jr_hal
jr_hal

Well to be fair games aren't cheap to make any more...millions of dollars. How do you expect companies to flourish without some type of income. Please tell me.

And before you question my point of view I'm an 80's baby and I've been a gamee since I was about 6 and I understand why this has to be done. Without revenue we would be stuck with really crappy games and indie quality games. Some companies are justified in doing this but some really take advantage of it.

jack00
jack00

@straightcur  You're preaching to deaf ears man. I've been posting here for years about how this practice sux yet it keeps going, even worst it's getting even more frequent because of dumbas ses who keeps encouraging this practice.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

@Garm31 Yeah this stuff is getting crazy.  Season Passes for DLC?  Someone above you just asked where they can "Pre-order" a Season Pass for DLC.  THAT IS HILARIOUS.

jecomans
jecomans

@ecter1216 Don't use the word sheeple, you sound like an idiot. And the problem is pre-release DLC, not DLC in general. 

surrealme
surrealme

@ecter1216 DLC is about profit versus cost. If no one ever bought it they wouldn't develop the extra content at all because there wouldn't be an additional revenue stream to justify the budget for doing the content in the first place. I never buy DLC, but I certainly don't mind that it exists for those who want to throw down some extra money for extra content. It also sweetens to deal for games I wasn't excited enough about to buy at launch when it gets rolled into the base game a year or two later, enough that it might motivate me to finally buy the game. If you don't want to pay the extra cost simply don't buy it, but don't whine about people who do buy it as if they're somehow taking something away from you.

nikon133
nikon133

@ecter1216 Yeah... I'm not buying DLCs as a matter of principle... but also matter of liking variety. I don't want to keep returning to the same game again and again, with new scripted missions and not much more. Once I'm done with the game, I move to a different one.

The only game I broke my rule was Battlefield 3, but you know what? Once I was done with BF3, and considered everything about that game, DLCs, rented servers disaster... I decided not to get BF4, and I didn't. At this stage, I don't see myself getting next BF either. In the long run, EA/DICE will lose more from me than what they gained from BF3.

yngsten
yngsten

@traitor_651 @yngsten

If you order something on the side, you usually know what you order, but with a series of DLCs not even presented yet you don't, that's the point. By the time they release the last DLC you may have stopped playing, but you've still payed for it. I'm playing the game right now, and it's great, but I personally think I will tire of it pretty soon, but everyone has different tastes I suppose.

gannonmoss
gannonmoss

@jdc6305 @anakvunky Lawl. Do you know why they make GOTY editions? Because they have hit their acceptable profits on the main game and DLC releases and want to milk the release. It is relatively inexpensive for the reprint and does not share the burden of deadlines, manpower or advertising that the initial release involves. It is a veritable gold mine for them - so when you buy the GOTY version, you only line their pockets. If someone threw 40$ at me for something I had paid 60$ for, almost two years before - I would be thanking them - not feeling like they screwed me.  

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@_williamwallace It's long before release.  If they're announcing it now, it could have been included.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@surrealme @ecter1216 Wrong.  Developers developed expansions before, so clearly they were develping extra content after release.


Thing was, before, those expansions would justify their cost.  DLC pricing is an extreme rip off.  10-20% of the cost of the main game, and you don't get 10-20% more content.  It's a scam of the highest order.

anakvunky
anakvunky

@gannonmoss @jdc6305 @anakvunky i always got my GOTY games under 15$  or even 10$... in my position as customer 15$ for complete pack is better than paying 40$ ++

the only game that I saw which the price never got cheaper is COD... wtf with that game?

anakvunky
anakvunky

@gannonmoss @jdc6305 @anakvunky i always got my GOTY games under 15$  or even 10$... in my position as customer 15$ for complete pack is better than paying 40$ ++

the only game that I saw which the price never got cheaper is COD... wtf with that game?

ecter1216
ecter1216

@Thanatos2k @surrealme @ecter1216 I would totally be fine if the DLC was some new weapon or some costumes or free level ups like the Tales of Series. They have tons of DLC but none of them effect the story at all. Tales of Graces F after you beat the main story had a build in DLC that continued the story another good 20 hours + and even introduced a new way to battle.  Those are how games should be made! 140+ it took to beat it and beat all of its hidden bosses. The Tales of Series has always been good. 


This DLC is bs though. It has missions where you face critical enemies that you should have the ability to. You even get to play as the wraith thats inside of you. That should all be part of the game.