Warner Bros. Interactive has had an impressive run when it comes to games based on movie franchises. That’s not even when taking into consideration LEGO Batman, Jurassic World, Avengers and Star Wars titles. Last year, the publisher also managed to release two other games based on major movie worlds in Mad Max and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
While The Hobbit Trilogy may not have been as big a hit with certain fans and critics, Shadow of Mordor managed to wow both, making them excited to get right back into Middle Earth. With that kind of success, a sequel is well within the realm of possibilities. And, thanks to a highly experienced stunt performer updating her online CV, it seems an official announcement may well be just around the corner.
Lauren Mary Kim has an extensive career in stunt work for major films, TV shows, and video games. She’s appeared in Netflix’s Daredevil and Furious 7, as well as performing motion capture for Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Elder Scrolls Online. Originally spotted by NerdLeaks, Kim updated that list to include Shadow of Mordor 2. Specifically, it said she has done ‘Stunts/Acting’ on the title. It points to the job being focused on creating a CG trailer, possibly for an E3 presentation. The site also reported that Blur is the studio behind whatever work Kim has undertaken for the project. Blur Studios has also created trailers for Batman: Arkham Knight, Dishonored 2, and The Division as well as contributing to the production of the blockbuster hit Deadpool.
The first game’s design director Michael de Plater had previously stated in an interview with GameSpot that the development team at Monolith Productions had only “scratched the surface” with the game’s much-praised feature – the Nemesis system. The mechanic was available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game and it saw enemy Orcs have their own hierarchy. If one succeeded in killing the player, then it was possible for it to be promoted within the ranks. The developer also undertook a recruitment last summer, including hiring a new producer and artists even though Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition had already been released and the next game Monolith was working on had not been revealed.
If you take a look at Lauren Mary Kim’s resume on iStunt now, you’ll see that it is no longer listed on her motion capture credits. Maybe she received a phone call asking that she refrain from sharing work for projects that haven’t actually been announced yet. We seem to be in the season of rumors and speculation when it comes to new game announcements, but this might be one of the most believable. E3 2016 will be the next big opportunity for an announcement of this size. As of yet, Warner Bros. Interactive is still attending the show, unlike big players Electronic Arts and Disney Interactive, so it’s good that the conference will still play host to AAA announcements.
Screen Rant will have more details for you on a possible Shadow of Mordor 2 announcement as they are made available.