Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have released a new developer diary for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game is an entirely new piece of fiction set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It’ll feature new as well as familiar characters. For Tolkien fans that’s perhaps a little disconcerting; expanded fiction within Middle-earth isn’t nearly as prolific and accepted as it is in, say, the Star Wars universe.
In a way, you’ve got to feel a little nervous for the game’s lead designer and writer, Christian Cantamessa. The guy has quite a task in front of him: creating new fiction and characters that fit with the existing world. While Warner Bros. has stated that the plot and characters in the game will not be considered Middle-earth canon, it doesn’t make it any less intimidating knowing Middle-earth fans will be scrutinising the narrative content of Shadow of Mordor.
After the jump you’ll find a new developer diary featuring Cantamessa. He’s joined by Troy Baker who we already know is voicing lead character Talion. Together the two discuss the process of creating this new piece of Tolkien narrative, and how the whole lot comes together in the mo-cap studio. In case you were wondering about Cantamessa’s pedigree: he wrote Red Dead Redemption, which had outstanding characters and a riveting plot, so that’s really great news for Tolkien fans.