Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Discontinuing Online Features On December 31

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PHOTO: WB / Monolith)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PHOTO: WB / Monolith)

Developer Warner Bros. has decided to end online features for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor as of December 31. The game was originally released in 2014 and was received warmly by fans, going on to be nominated for Game of the Year. Three years later, Shadow of Mordor received a sequel called Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which was also released to critical acclaim.

Unlike other online games, whose success mostly relies on online features like multiplayer, Shadow of War's success wasn't reliant on its online features. The game has a great single-player story and gameplay mechanics, which are akin to the Batman Arkham games. However, the online components played a major role in increasing the fun of Shadow of Mordor.

Starting on December 31, Warners Bros. will be ending supports for online features for Shadow of Mordor on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The publisher also shared a statement with PlayStation, Microsoft, and Steam on what features will be affected after the game loses its online access:

"Note: certain features for the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor videogame will no longer be available beginning Dec. 31, 2020.

Affected Features:
• The Nemesis Forge feature will no longer be available. Therefore, players will no longer be able to transfer their in-game Nemeses from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
• Vendetta missions and Leaderboards will no longer be available.
• WBPlay will no longer be available, but the epic runes "Orc Hunter" and "Gravewalker" will automatically be awarded to all players."

PlayStation Universe also reminded fans that they cannot achieve the platinum trophy in Shadow of Mordor after December 31.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you're a PS Plus subscriber, the game is also free in November.

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