Surprising absolutely no one, it looks like the upcoming action game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be offering a season pass' worth of content following the game's upcoming launch on Sept. 30 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. We're talking new game modes, new story missions and more, so get ready to cinematically decapitate even more orcs in the coming months.
Being a game based on the Lord of the Rings mythos, it would serve our purposes best if you pretend I'm speaking to you in the voice of a beautiful, yet mysteriously dangerous elf queen. It might also enhance the experience if you put on a little music in the background, pretty much anything with a lot of stringed instruments and the occasional dramatic drums.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and the developers at Monolith Productions today announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be launching with a season pass in tow, offering even more game content for those of you really get a kick out of slowly killing off the most highly ranking officials in the orc army. No price point has been attacked to said season pass as of yet but, if we were to make a guess, $20 seems to be the going rate. But don't quote us on that figure.
No matter what the final cost, though, it looks like Monolith Productions aims to make your added investments of both time and money worth it. So far, the post-launch DLC is shaping up quite nicely.
For starters, purchasing the season pass will grant exclusive access to the Guardians of the Flaming Eye orc Warband mission. Along with having an appropriately epic-sounding name, this mission will let you square off against Sauron's elite defenders in front of the Black Gate and, if you prove victorious, you'll be rewarded with the Rising Flame rune. No word on what that rune does yet, but we're guessing it involved fire, and perhaps an attack done in an upward motion.
Season pass buyers will also gain early access to the Trials of War challenge series, which pits worldwide players against a select group of enemies, with your best score stacking up against your fellow adventurers in online leaderboards.
So far, two extra story chapters have been announced as part of the season pass. Lord of the Hunt will task you with tracking down specific monsters in order to find hidden lairs and earn unique runes, while The Bright Lord will put players in the roll of Celebrimbor, the elf lord who made the Rings of Power and more or less kick started this whole fiasco.
Finally, as is typically the case with season passes, you'll also earn access to a bunch of unrevealed future content for Shadow of Mordor, including new runes, skins and story missions.
So far the game has been receiving a lot of positive press for its graphics, cinematic presentation and for the gameplay. How well it all comes together in the end is still a mystery, but you can look for it to release on home consoles and PC this fall.