'Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Game Of The Year Edition Announced For May, Includes All Previously Released DLC

By Steve Buja , Updated Apr 29, 2015 10:24 AM EDT

Much like how you can expect that there will be an extended edition of the six Peter Jackson Tolkien films, so too can you expect a Game of the Year edition for practically any AAA title. As if on cue, Warner Bros and Monolith have announced that the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY will launch this May.

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The game will launch exclusively on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on May 5 for $49.99 and yes, it will include ALL PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE DLC. It's like why even bother at this point? Just take the release date, add six months and voila - not only will the game be rereleased bug free, but it will also include all additional content released up to that point.

Now, do not mistake me, I love DLC. I love being able to continue the adventure of a game for months, if not years, after its initial release. It keeps developers and designers and business and can, over the course of a game's lifetime, radically alter the product and usually improve upon it. It is just that the standard lifecycle has made us all cynical; why pay piecemeal now, when we can get a better experience later, and for cheaper?

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Oh, you had a pre-order "exclusive" bonus of the Dark Ranger character skin and the Test of Power? I'll take that in six months, too.

Here's what you get:
Story Packs: The Lord of The Hunt and The Bright Lord
Skins: The Dark Ranger, Captain of the Watch, Lord of the Hunt, The Bright Lord, Power of Shadow and Lithariel Skins
Runes: Hidden Blade, Deadly Archer, Flame of Anor, Rising Storm, Orc Slayer, Defiant to the End, Elven Grace, Ascendant, One with Nature
Missions: Guardians of the Flaming Eye, The Berserks and The Skull Crushers Warband Missions
Challenge Modes: Test of Power, Test of Speed, Test of Wisdom, Endless Challenge, Test of the Wild, Test of the Ring, Test of Defiance Challenge Modes
Additional Features: Photo Mode

See you in Middle Earth in two weeks.

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