Six years after launch, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will have its online features removed, publisher Warner Bros. Games and developed Monolith Productions have announced via updates to the game's store page descriptions.
As of December 31, 2020, players will no longer be able to access Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's Nemeis Forge, Vendetta missions, leaderboards, and WBPlay online features.
The Nemesis Forge was the most recently added among them, allowing players to transfer their favorite Nemeses from Shadow of Mordor to its sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Removing Online Features
Although it never allowed two Talions to fight alongside each other, Shadow of Mordor's Vendetta missions gave players the chance of avenging each other.
They essentially allowed you to track down and kill orc captains that had succeeded in killing players on your friends list. Naturally, your friends could do the same to the nasty orcs who managed to best you in battle.
Although Leaderboards and WBPlay are also going away at the end of the year, all players will receive the Orc Hunter and Gravewalker epic runes for free.
While the publisher hasn't touched upon the subject, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor losing its online features will likely lead to some of its achievements no longer being obtainable.
One such example is Repaid in Blood, an achievement that requires you to complete a Vendetta mission. If you're a completionist that recently picked up the game, you might want to hurry.
Even without online features, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor remains a game worth picking up.
Its focus was on singleplayer and its excellently executed Nemesis system that sees enemies evolving as you clash in battle.
You can read more about the game in our review and pick it up on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
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