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Shadow of Mordor director discusses Assassin's Creed copycat claims

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"Following the announcement of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor in January, many people were quick to compare the game to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series. Former Ubisoft developer Charles Randall even accused Monolith and Warner Bros. of using animations and code from Assassin's Creed II. "Seriously, can someone tell me how Assassin's Creed [II] code and assets are in this Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor game?" wrote Randall on Twitter earlier this year.

But Shadow of Mordor design director Michael de Plater has flat-out denied any claims of copying code and animations. "Honestly, we built everything from the ground up for this game," he said to GameSpot.

Monolith did look to UK developer Rocksteady and its Batman games for inspiration, though. "We absolutely, at the inception, looked at Batman, in their combat and stealth," he says, while maintaining that "as soon as people play [Shadow of Mordor], any experience we've had where people get their hands on, it's totally its own thing.""

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Dan_scruggs1248d ago

Hell even if it is. Shadow of Mordor looks more interesting that Assassins Creed has in years.

3-4-51248d ago

ehh AC4 was a really good game. an ok AC game , but a really good pirate game.

Einhert1248d ago

The combat system is directly copy cated from the arkham games/assassins creed.

the special vision gimmick is also getting really old.

If they had of had a more interesting and deeper combat system kind of like dark souls where every fight is intense and strategy is needed.

Or combat like the Witcher 2 where its fairly deep and requires strategy.

This button mashing got old in 2010, its still old.

Eldyraen1248d ago

I've been waiting for more games to go AC route anyways. There is a reason it is a success as open world, open natured games are great fun for all.

This one is perhaps more similar than I was expecting but not in an exact copy kind of way (more different than original Saint's Row and GTA for example).

Simco8761248d ago

They could copy the code straight up and I wouldn't complain. LOR with AC gameplay? Sign me up.

Kavorklestein1247d ago

Exactly.
As if, (even if it WAS true) anyone who actually wants to play a good game would be upset that it ripped off AC2.

But, it doesn't, and it would only help show a good engine/assets/foundation if it did.

Rhezin1248d ago

I really want to like this game, but if combat is like Assasin's Creed counter button mashing , then I'm out. I played the first AC and that was it for me.

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