Footage of pre-alpha gameplay from Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor has appeared on the official Xbox YouTube channel, and boy does it look quite a bit like Assassin’s Creed. That’s not a bad thing, per se, because AC games have been pretty good, on the whole, but it’s a surprise considering this new LoTR game isn’t being developed by Ubisoft – it’s being published by Warner Bros. Games, and made by Monolith Productions.
Take a look at the footage below, and tell me I’m not crazy. I’m pretty sure I can see Assassin’s Creed’s roof-running mechanic, its approach to stealth, its combat mechanics and even the same connections between buildings in this entirely-unrelated game. There’s even a slow-motion leap
assassinationkill in there, and an instinct-like mode that highlights enemies and objects in the game world.
Take it all together, and Shadows of Mordor really does seem like a copy-paste of ACs core mechanics, just dressed up in different clothes.