VB: If you try to slaughter the captains of the orcs head-on, you’ll find out how tough they can be. You’ll also discover that every orc is unique, with its own personality and physical qualities. And as you kill these characters, you may feel some moral ambiguity. This isn’t just about good and evil, as it is an original story set in Middle-earth and inspired by Tolkien’s writings. While it is true to the canon of Tolkien, it doesn’t copy any of the tales in the books. The story of Talion and his quest for vengeance reveals the gray areas in between black and white, according to Michael de Plater, the design director at WBIE for Shadow of Mordor, in an interview with GamesBeat.
“That was really important to us,” de Plater said in our interview. “We really do want to show shades of gray.” Find out why in our edited transcript below.