The gaming industry does a fair amount of mimicking, copying or referencing concepts and features from fellow developers. What’s most true is an innovative idea usually doesn’t stay exclusive to a game for long. As a result, it is astounding to that no other developers have yet to duplicate the Nemesis System.
Monolith Productions introduced the Nemesis System back in 2014 when they released Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The feature essentially can produce endless rivals who thrive when they kill you. Promotions come to the orcs who slay you, and they become even stronger. This makes the Nemesis System one of the most antagonizing, entertaining features in gaming.
The studio is getting ready to release the next iteration in the Middle-earth series. Shadow of War will bring an improved and embellished Nemesis System. Monolith’s design director Bob Roberts recently spoke about why he’s not surprised other developers haven’t implemented systems similar to Middle-earth‘s Nemesis System.
“People expected a lot more games to do this after our last game released. [I’m not] terribly surprised that they’re not ready yet. Even if they’re working on them, it’s a big challenge. It takes a lot of work. It makes sense that it would take people a while to get up to speed and connect the dots, make all that content and get it all woven together the way it needs to be to let these stories emerge,” Roberts told Gamereactor.
While it may be a difficult system to mimic, it is one worth investing in. Gamers love the concept, as it’s arguably responsible for Shadow of Mordor‘s 2014 awards. Major publishers like EA, Ubisoft and Activision surely have the resources to mimic it. So, what franchises are perfect fits to feature a system similar to Monolith’s?
The Nemesis System feels like it would fit great with a series like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Division, Mass Effect or even Dragon Age. Time will tell if other developers try and do what Monolith does so well. The studio will release Middle-earth: Shadow of War this coming Oct. 10. The game will debut on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Shadow of War.