Shadow Of Mordor Will Be Watered Down On Older Consoles
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor might look like a reskin of an Assassin’s Creed game, what with the air assassinations and alleged animation thefts, but if there’s one thing in this title that is keeping everyone interested in it it’s the revolutionary Nemesis system.
The Nemesis system will procedurally generate foes that you can basically ally to your cause, creating sleeper cell agents that can be used in various different encounters behind the walls of Mordor. It’s an incredibly complex system to pull off, which is why it probably won’t feature that heavily in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.
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Design Director Michael de Plater explained that while every effort was being made to make Shadow of Mordor a good current-gen title, all the studios focus is on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.
“We’re very focused on the PS4 and Xbox One. We’re focusing on the next-gen platforms, and then going to do whatever we can to get as much as possible on current-gen.”
Speaking about the differences between the versions, Plater explained that the Nemesis system requires a lot of calculations for AI, something which they can’t full replicate on older hardware.
“To break it down, some of the stuff we’re pretty confident will still be very similar on current gen: the core mechanics, like combat, stealth, ranged and movements; the basic control and gameplay, that should all be really solid. What it won’t have is the same level of depth and variety and simulation within the ‘Nemesis system’.
“The story will be the same and the core gameplay will be the same, but [the ‘Nemesis system’ is] just so huge in terms of content, calculations and AI we’ll just have to try and get as much of it in as we can.”
If this is the case, then you’ll probably want to skip the current-gen version of this game and opt for the next-gen one. Even if that means waiting, because having the most interesting feature of this entire game potentially stripped out almost doesn’t make it worth it. Especially if the entire title is revolving around building a secret Orc army with Wraith persuasion.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will release on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year.