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Shadow of Mordor trailer talks crafting an emotionally driven story

Warner Bros. has released a new Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor trailer providing a behind-the-scenes look at how the game's story is being crafted.

The trailer features actor Troy Baker, who voices protagonist Talion, and Christian Antamessa, co-writer and cinematic director on the game. The duo discuss where the game fits in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe, and what they've done to create something new within it.

Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor is a new story set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It puts players in control of Talion, a "valiant ranger" whose family is killed in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor.

After he is killed, Talion is resurrected by a spirit of vengeance and, given Wraith abilities, heads into Mordor to enact revenge against those who killed him and his family.

The game also features a 'Nemesis System', in which enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by the actions and decisions the player makes throughout the game. When the player re-encounters certain enemies, they will remember what the player did before and react accordingly.

Warner has confirmed the Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor release date as October 7.

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