Is Shadow of Mordor the Lord of the Rings game we've been waiting for? We'll find out October 7

Warner Bros. announces release date for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, F.E.A.R. developer Monolith's upcoming role-playing game set in the Lord of the Rings universe, will launch October 7 across consoles and PC, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The game, set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC, but not Wii U.

The release date comes by way of a new trailer for the game (above), which also reveals that you'll receive the exclusive "Dark Ranger" DLC pack if you preorder Shadow of Mordor. This bonus includes a new character skin, new challenge mode, and access to online leaderboards.

Shadow of Mordor puts players in the boots of a ranger with Wraith-like abilities named Talion. Set in the inhospitable world of Mordor, players utilize Assassin's Creed-esque stealth moves to lay waste to enemy Orcs on your way to exacting revenge for your family's murder.

Shadow of Mordor has not been without controversy. Following the release of an extended gameplay trailer in January, a former Ubisoft developer accused Monolith of using Assassin's Creed II code for Shadow of Mordor. In addition, the game's ambitious Nemesis system has been scaled back for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, it won't release on Wii U, and the game won't have any multiplayer at all.

For more on Shadow of Mordor, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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