Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor loses features six years after release

More Nemesis Forge or Vendetta missions

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was a really strange game that came out of nowhere in 2022.

Although many designers have hit considerable roadblocks in making big changes to the Middle-earth source material, Warner Bros. made massive departures from Tolkien's legend with ease; both from a practical and thematic point of view. It was a strange outing, made even stranger by controversy over the fact that a content creator didn't reveal that they couldn't denigrate the game in exchange for money. Anyway, some people enjoyed it; but on December 31 of this year, future generations will be able to enjoy it a little less.

An ominous message recently transplanted to various digital marketplaces for the game, warning that on that date several features will be removed from the game (likely because WB doesn't want to continue paying for online features). These features include the Nemesis Forge mechanic (read: you can't transfer your Nemesis enemies into the sequel) and a lack of Vendetta missions (hunting orcs through your friend list) and leaderboards. WBPlay is also being phased out, but as a pity you get the epic 'Orc Hunter' and 'Gravewalker' runes.

I always thought the Nemesis system was half-baked, but in 2022 it will be even less appealing. You can find the full rundown of removed features below. For now, the next Shadow of War version is not impacted.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Steam]

Note: Certain features of the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor video game will no longer be available starting December 31, 2022.

Features Affected:
• The Nemesis Forge feature will no longer be available. As a result, 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 “Orc Hunter” and “Gravewalker” runes will be automatically granted to all players.

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