A sequel to open-world action adventure Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor may be on the way, according to the professional profile of an industry stuntwoman.
Released in 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was a huge sales success. Critics also had some very positive things to say about the game, with many reviews praising its ‘Nemesis’ system, which tracked encounters with Orc leaders and had them rise through the ranks if they killed the player. Moreover, the title became the most successful Lord of the Rings video game ever and also scooped up the Game of the Year award at GDC.
Given just how well the title performed, then, it should come as relatively little surprise that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2 may be on the way. That’s according to the CV of professional stuntwoman Laura Mary Kim. Featured on Kim’s list of motion capture stunt work, which includes Assassin’s Creed Unity, Elder Scrolls Online and several other big name games, is Shadow of Mordor 2.
As reported by NerdLeaks, the Shadow of Mordor 2 listing also mentions “Blur,” with Blur Studios being the CGI team behind several video game trailers (including Dishonored 2 and Tom Clancy’s The Division) so an announcement could be coming soon.
While the speculation should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s important to note that this isn’t the first Shadow of Mordor 2 rumor to do the rounds. In an interview with GameSpot last year, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s design director Michael de Plater revealed that the team had “only scratched the surface” with the game’s Nemesis system, in what fans called a quiet confirmation of a sequel. Additionally, Shadow of Mordor developer Monolith Productions went on a hiring spree in June 2015, looking to attract new artists, a producer and more. The company’s next game has yet to be announced and so the hiring spree seemed suspect.
Assuming that Shadow of Mordor 2 really is on the way, then fans can likely expect a reveal at E3 2016. With this year’s GDC done and dusted, E3 2016 is the next ‘big’ chance that Monolith and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive will have to officially announce the game.
Should E3 provide the stage for the reveal, it also means that gamers will have plenty to look forward to once the event rolls around in June. Other rumored sequels that may be announced at the annual industry event are Red Dead Redemption 2 and Saints Row 5 as well. So, even if the likes of Disney and Wargaming.net won’t be part of the E3 festivities, it looks as though there will still be more than enough announcements to keep gaming fans satisfied.