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Shadow of Mordor's 'Nemesis' system scaling back for current-gen consoles

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is looking to debut a keen new Nemesis system to build your arch-enemy, but Monolith says that this feature likely won't make it into the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

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The Lord of the Rings prequel Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor features some ambitious ideas, like its Nemesis system that essentially builds up an arch-enemy over the course of the game. But according to design director Michael de Plater, this feature likely won't make it into the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game fully intact.

The Nemesis system will have developer Monolith's vision of procedurally-generated nemeses fully realized on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, to fit the game onto current-gen consoles, the studio acknowledges that sacrifices need to be made.

"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," de Plater told IGN. "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."

While de Plater mentions focusing on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Shadow of Mordor, it's very likely that the Nemesis system will also make it to the PC version intact, as well. The game is set to hit PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 later in 2014.

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    February 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Shadow of Mordor's 'Nemesis' system scaling back for current-gen consoles.

    Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is looking to debut a keen new Nemesis system to build your arch-enemy, but Monolith says that this feature likely won't make it into the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

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      February 20, 2014 4:58 PM

      It better hit PC "intact." The whole reason I was excited for the next-gen systems was so hopefully PC doesn't get consolised with its ports......

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        February 21, 2014 7:28 AM

        The PC will still get "consolized" with ports. You'll just get ports of PS4 and X1(80) games.

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      February 20, 2014 5:02 PM

      Umm, PS4 and XBox One are the current gen.

      The Nemesis system will have developer Monolith's vision of procedurally-generated nemeses fully realized on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, to fit the game onto current-gen consoles, the studio acknowledges that sacrifices need to be made.

      Unless the definition of 'current' has changed...

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        February 20, 2014 5:12 PM

        Is Lamp bugged or what, it still shows 'Preview. Just a moment...' and it's been like 10 minutes.

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          February 20, 2014 5:14 PM

          it's not lamp, it's shacknews.

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            February 20, 2014 5:21 PM

            for whatever reason the Shacknews article threads are the worst. replies to these threads often stall for huge amounts of time. this rarely happens in normal threads unless they're extremely large. it's been six minutes and the post i'm replying to still doesn't properly show up on the site. you can see it in your browser; it's not even a winchatty or lamp thing.