Through an interesting twist of fate, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has received an update almost 3 years after its release.
With its long-awaited sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, due to release this October, the surprise update to its predecessor enables a link between save files for returning players.
The 'Nemesis Forge' update is now live, and allows veteran players of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to carry on the fight against their most-hated Orc by dragging it into the upcoming sequel. With Shadow of War set to have coax the Orcs onto our own side, however, the system will identify a past player's most loyal companion and get them ready to take on the opposition by your side.
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The Nemesis system helped Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor stand out alongside a number of other action games using similar combat systems at the time. Building a hierarchy of Orc emcampments teeming with grunts, captains and generals, the system allowed the real-time promotion of enemy forces to take the place of those you slew on the battlefield. With some opting to retreat from a fight only to return as a battle-hardened foe, however, it wasn't uncommon for each player to have a vendetta against a very different enemy in the long run. The update sees that competitive spirit burn bright into the sequel.
For those currently without a Nemesis, however, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is free for a limited time. You have until July 9 to play the game through Steam before a purchase will be necessary to continue where you left off. With the 80% sale price sticking around until the following day, it's a good time to see what the fuss is all about.