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Shadow of Mordor update lets players export their nemesis to sequel

Bring your orc frenemies over to Shadow of War

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A newly released update for 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will let players carry over some of their progress to this year’s Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Namely, they’ll be able to transfer their top orc nemesis and their most loyal orc follower from the original game to the sequel.

Developer Monolith released the Nemesis Forge update for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One versions of Shadow of Mordor today. As part of that update, players can enter the Nemesis Forge and export their highest ranking orc rival and ally. Those orcs will join players in the sequel when it launches this October.

As players of Shadow of Mordor know, one of the game’s most interesting and talked about features was its Nemesis System. That system procedurally generated orc enemies with unique names, personalities and visual designs, with those orcs rising and falling within their social structure via in-game events. The Nemesis System gave players memorable rivals that they’d encounter again and again over the course of the game. Shadow of War will expand on the Nemesis System with a host of new features.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently heavily discounted — up to 80 percent off — on the PlayStation Store, Steam and Xbox Games Store. The game is also available to download and play for free on Xbox One and Steam from July 6-9.