Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's season pass lets you fight orcs, tame monsters, and challenge the evil Sauron himself.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was already shaping up to be an impressive take on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. So how exactly, does Monolith Productions up the stakes for a DLC season pass? How about the opportunity to face the great Necromancer himself?
That's right: The story content of an upcoming DLC expansion will let you fight the evil Sauron. More specifically, "The Bright Lord" mission takes players back in time as Celebrimbor, the Elvish king who fought Sauron's humanoid form during the Second Age. According to Lord of the Rings canon, this period saw the creation of the Rings of Power, which were kind of a big deal in the opening of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Also bundled into the season pass is "Guardians of the Flaming Eye", which challenges players with the elite Black Gate guards. The final story mission is "Lord of the Hunt", where players hunt and tame creatures of Mordor to collect powerful new runes. The Season Pass also provides early access to "Trials of War", a special challenge mode with arena-based missions, along with skins, runes, and other future add-on content.
The full range of season pass content costs $24.99, assuming you decide not to buy the DLC separately. As for the core game itself, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on Sept. 30 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are due out on Nov. 18.