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New Shadow of Mordor trailer released as developer questions coding

A new trailer for Shadow of Mordor has been released as an Assassin's Creed developer calls into question similarities between the two.

A brand new walkthrough trailer for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released whilst a game developer has questioned the game’s coding.

Warner Bros Interactive today released a walkthrough trailer, shown above, for the upcoming Lord of the Rings based third-person fantasy adventure game, currently being developed for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Set in Middle-earth, players play as Talion, a valiant ranger who, moments before his own death, witnesses his family slain the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor. Ressurected by a spirit of vengeance, and powered with Wraith abilities, Tailon ventures into Mordor to exact his revenge, whilst learning about the spirit that compels him and the rings of power.

Players will also be able to form enemies through their own actions and decisions, enabling them to create their own battles and rewards thanks to the game’s unique “Nemesis” system.

It is being developed by Monolith Productions – developers of the F.E.A.R and Condemned series – in collaboration with Middle-earth Enterprises. Peter Jackson and artists from Weta Workshop – who worked on the film adaptation of the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings trilogy – are also lending a helping hand with settings, characters and story.

Along with the trailer, several new screenshots were released as well, shown below.

However just as developers released the new footage of the game, one game developer has begun to question the game’s coding, saying that it looks awfully similar to Assassin’s Creed’s gameplay.

Writing on his Twitter, Assassin’s Creed II Combat Designer, Charles Randall, called into question the similarities. He wrote: “Seriously, can someone tell me how Assassin’s Creed 2 code and assets are in this Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor game?”

He later followed up with: “This is *my* code in that game! I better at least see myself in the special thanks. WTF?” and “I spent two years staring at AC2. I know it when I see it.”

He later insisted that he wasn’t insinuating that the coding was stolen but questioned whether Ubisoft and Warner Brothers had struck a deal to possibly use coding from Assassin’s Creed. He also said he was excited for the game, writing: “For the record though, that Middle Earth game looks pretty damn awesome. And I love AC2 so it’s kind of a double win.”

We’ve reached out to Warner Bros and Monolith Productions for comment – so far, no word back.




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