Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will take inspiration from the books rather than the films

Many of the recent games that were set in Middle-Earth took inspiration from Peter Jackson’s interpretations of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books. Who can blame them? Jackson’s films are beloved by critics and fans alike and he certainly did a great job of bring Middle-Earth to life. However, Monolith, the developers of the upcoming game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor are opting to take their inspiration from the original books rather than from Peter Jackson.

Whilst speaking with Examiner, Michael de Plater, Direct of Design at Monolith, made it clear that the books were the number one source of inspiration. Plater said: We are directly inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings literature and in particular by exploring the connections between those stories.”

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Check out Smaug in this Lego: The Hobbit launch trailer

After the success of Lego: Lord of the Rings back in 2012, we all knew that it was only a matter of time before Traveler’s Tales gave The Hobbit film series the Lego treatment. Today the launch trailer was released and it looks as good as you would expect a Lego video game to be. All the humour is still there and Traveler’s Tales have again opted to use dialogue right from the films to use as audio which worked great in the Lord of the Rings game. Make the jump to check out the launch trailer.

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