Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor just received an update on PC. PS4, and Xbox One. This has lead some to speculate the patch could offer players a way to carry over saves from the the game into the upcoming sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
The recent update to Shadow of Mordor came as a bit of surprise, as the game has been out for quite some time, and there were no details included with the patch. In an interview, Michael de Plater, creative vice president behind the game, didn’t confirm that there would be a way for players to carry over saves from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor into Middle-earth: Shadow of War, but he did seem to suggest that it was a concept that the development studio had on the table.
Shadow of Mordor had a game world many players probably spent a great deal of time in. As with many open-world RPGs, players can bond with the character that they grow into a formidable warrior. In Shadow of Mordor specifically, the Nemesis system offered a way for players to become attached to enemies as well. Allowing players to carry over their saves into Shadow of War could greatly increase the immersion they feel in the game world, as they begin with a strong connection to their character and encounter familiar enemies on the battlefield.
While it’s uncertain whether the patch for Shadow of Mordor is actually intended to enable the transfer of saves to the new game, it would surely be a great way to reward players who put a lot of time into the original game. The feature has shown up in other RPG series, like The Witcher and Mass Effect, and it would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the Middle-earth series.
One possible downside to carrying over saves, or at least too much of a save file, would be that it might take away from some of the new game. If players start out at a high level with tons of abilities, it will cut into the time they would have spent playing and leveling their character. This would not be the worst thing in a game, but still a possible reason for the feature to get left out or simply focus on the Nemesis system.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is slated to release on October 10, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.