This Shadow of Mordor iOS app listens while you play--creepy or awesome?

New Palantir companion app uses "advanced audio-sync technology" to listen to gameplay and then automatically direct you to Wiki pages about the game.

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A new companion app for Lord of the Rings prequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor can actually listen to gameplay and automatically direct you to Wiki pages about the game to help you learn more about its characters and locations.

The app is called Palantir and is named after the magical "seeing stone" from The Lord of the Rings. It works by using "advanced audio-sync technology" to listen to videos about the game, including game trailers and eventually gameplay itself. It then takes this information and grabs related article pages from the official Shadow of Mordor Wiki page without any input from you.

The Palantir app has two modes: Reader mode and Sync mode. In Reader mode, you can search through the Shadow of Mordor Wiki page just like you normally would in a browser. The Sync mode performs the more interesting actions described above.

The app is available today as a free download for iOS devices, but no mention was made of an Android or Windows Phone version. We've reached out to a Warner Bros. representative for comment.

The benefits of the Palantir app are obvious. If you're stuck in a level and need help, or if you just want more information about characters or locations, having that information automatically relayed to you is a pretty exciting proposition.

Shadow of Mordor is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but not Wii U. No release date has been announced. The game has already drummed up some level of controversy, as a former Ubisoft developer has accused Shadow of Mordor developer Monolith Productions of using Assassin's Creed II code in the new game.

Discussion

38 comments
Knowledge151
Knowledge151

 I have high hopes for the nemesis system but i think it will pale in comparison to what they say it will do.  I need to see more random occurrences than Ratbag and Orthog. I kinda want more details of this system, until i get that, its just hype.. ijs

Kos1c
Kos1c

The game does look impressive from the video. But the combat looks pretty bad. That I'm not all that interested. I do like the unique storyline based on who you attack/kill or enslave. Maybe it's a rental.

Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

Oh, good. Having to use my fingers to research everything was tiresome. Now I just need an app to read it for me and an app to pretend to care.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Personally if I want to know more about something, I wiki it manually, thank you.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

They should rename the iOS game to "Shadow of Obama".

Rambolike
Rambolike

I love the gameplay.  This game looks amazing.

hadlee73
hadlee73

So it treats a game like a big Furby then.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Creepy. This is terrible.  Even though it's a companion app, this makes me think twice about buying the game. 

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

A device that is connected to the internet and listens to what you say in never a good thing.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing phones!  We do not know who else may be watching!

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

It should be hearing plenty of bloops then..


mattcake
mattcake

If you wanna do something without me asking, cook my dinner. Otherwise pee off.

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

No way I'm using this, look what happened to Denethor.

WolfCronje
WolfCronje

Is this app available only in iPads?

Evanduil
Evanduil

Screw the app. I just want to run around Mordor as Batman Creed.

normanislost
normanislost

how did i miss this game? but screw the app 

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

More intrusive technology...*smh*

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Not really creepy but the fact it is an iOS app makes it less than awesome also.

I like the idea of passive gaming. It was one of the plus sides for me with the Kinect 2.0, with the idea that it would be able to measure your heart rate while you play. That is awesome.

Waving your hands around and dancing in front of it is stupid but having the Kinect do stuff for you while you just sit there sounds awesome. But it is an app, it will be shit, the mic on my iPod Touch is crap as it is. Don't care.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

I just want the Iwata resigns article already or the WiiU has been cancelled article.

Kos1c
Kos1c

*for gameplay footage from the 8min video above.

The idea of the app is interesting it's self. But I think it will only help the people who like finding out character/boss lore.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@leikeyloshNah they can't do that; no black people in Middle-Earth, remember?

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Due to the fact this is an IOS app, going insane while using it is likely to occur, and will lead to setting fire to yourself.

atopp399
atopp399

@HonorOfGod You are crazy if you think less competition is a good thing.  Especially from Nintendo.  The games and services on Sony and MS are pretty much the same already.

ziproy
ziproy

@HonorOfGod Excellent and relevant comment. Please continue to make your wishes known on each and every article and maybe they'll release the articles just for you

KBABZ
KBABZ

@CallMeDuraSoukaAs well as world-record running speeds and Middle-Earth's highest base jump attempt!