Confused why Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor left "Lord of the Rings" out of its name? Well, lead designer Bob Roberts just explained to Eurogamer that the omission was a deliberate choice to make sure the game was seen as "clearly its own thing" by keeping it "separate" from established LOTR franchises. Mystery solved!


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Well, if they wanted it to be its own thing, why base the Gollum character model off the movies' Gollum and why get a voice actor that sounds just like Andy Serkis. In fact, why even have Gollum in it to begin with? It was a bit forced and felt like it was done purposely to connect it to the movie world.