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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won't include multiplayer co-op

Monolith Production's upcoming role-playing game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor features a single-player campaign, but no multiplayer co-op, the studio confirmed in a comment on its official Twitter account. "Alas, no co-op," reads a statement from a company representative, responding to a question regarding their plans for the game. "Shadow of Mordor is being crafted wholly as a single-player experience." Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is the second Tolkien-based title from Monolith. The studio released the console-focused multiplayer online battle arena Guardians of Middle-earth in 2012. Shadow of Mordor is scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC this year.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor announced for consoles and PC

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, an action game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe, is headed to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC from Monolith Productions, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. The publisher did not specify a release date. In the game's original story, players will control the ranger Talion, whose family is murdered just before he is at the hands of the evil Sauron's forces. Resurrected with Wraith abilities, Talion heads to Mordor to destroy those who wronged him and his family. "In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players will explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions have a consequence, and those consequences persist even after death," said Samantha...

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Gone Home and Sir, You Are Being Hunted available for half the price on Steam until Oct. 25

Nostalgia-heavy exploration game Gone Home is among the collection of games currently available at 50 percent off its normal price on Steam until Oct. 25. The game is joined by open-world tweedpunk-meets-killer-robots title Sir, You Are Being Hunted as part of this week's Midweek Madness sale. Both games are typically available for $19.99 and can be purchased for $9.99 until the end of the week. Additionally, Lord of the Rings multiplayer action title Guardians of Middle-earth is also available to purchase at half-price until Oct. 24. The game, like the others, is typically priced at $19.99 and is today down to $9.99.

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MOBA, DOTA, ARTS: A brief introduction to gaming's biggest, most impenetrable genre

This past weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle, North America's top professional League of Legends teams fought for the chance to play in this month's World Championship tournament, with newcomers Cloud 9 and Vulcun Techbargains winning big alongside old guard holdout TSM Snapdragon. Starting on Sept. 15, the best teams from all over the world will compete in playoffs leading to the grand finals on Oct. 4 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Millions of dollars are at stake, and millions of viewers will tune in to watch what might be the biggest eSports event in history. It's hard to deny that gaming is in the age of the MOBA. Valve's Dota 2 is the most popular game on its Steam service; League of Legends is arguably the most popular game in the world. How did a genre that started from the...

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Guardians of Middle-earth coming to Steam for PC Aug. 29

The port is made possible with the help of Zombie Studios, the developers behind last year's free-to-play first person shooter Blacklight: Retribution and upcoming survival horror title Daylight. Speaking during a presentation for new PC version, associate producer Adam Hanson said Zombie has worked closely with Monolith to develop the port and "bring it back to the roots of MOBAs on PC." The original version that launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in December 2012 featured five character classes, all of which are available in its PC counterpart: warrior, defender, striker, tactician and enchanter. Fitting into these five classes are 36 different characters, each pulled from the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. At the start of the game, players will have access to a...

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Resumé update suggests Lord of the Rings return

A LinkedIn resumé update has revealed potential plans for a new next-gen Lord of the Rings game from Warner Bros. A Seattle-based artist was spotted by Kotaku, updating a three-month stint in late 2012 and early 2013 working on "storyboards for Lord of the Rings AAA title for Warner Brothers Interactive." The last Warner Bros LoTR game was MOBA console title Guardians of Middle-Earth (pictured), released in the fall of 2012. Monolith, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and based in Seattle, advertised in May for a producer to work on an open world action-adventure game.

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The Mouth of Sauron joins Guardians of Middle-earth as DLC

Guardians of Middle-earth, the console-based multiplayer online battle arena from Monolith Productions, received a new DLC character this week, the Mouth of Sauron, who speaks on behalf of the Dark Lord of Mordor. Check out the trailer above to see the Black Númenórean hiss his way across the battlefield and advance Mordor's goals. You'll also be able to see his medium range attacks, which can drain enemies' health and grant the Mouth of Sauron temporary invulnerability. The playable guardian is available now for 160 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Arcade or $1.99 on PlayStation Network.

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Elrond Half-Elven joins the fray in Guardians of Middle-earth trailer

Elrond Half-Elven is joining Warner Bros' Lord of the Rings-themed MOBA Guardians of Middle-earth, and this trailer shows the Elf lord in action. Elrond is classified as a "tactician" character, focusing more on battlefield control rather than high-damage strikes. In the video, he's shown summoning a spectral archer to aid him and placing area-of-effect spells on the ground. In Tolkien's legendarium, Elrond was one of the most powerful forces for good in Middle-earth as the lord of Rivendell and the bearer of the magic ring Vilya.

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Kili the Dwarf joins Guardians of Middle-earth's battlefield

Kili the Dwarf, the latest fighter to be added as downloadable content to Monolith Productions' console-based multiplayer online battle arena Guardians of Middle-earth, is available today according to a press release from the developer. Check out the video above to see Kili in action sporting his bow and arrow, which makes him an idea scout. You can purchase him for 160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360 or $1.99 on PlayStation 3. Earlier this month, Frodo Baggins entered the arena as a guardian.

Guardians of Middle-Earth Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 12/04/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Monolith Productions
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 12/04/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Monolith Productions
  • Windows
    • Released 08/29/2013
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Monolith Productions
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