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Gondor - Out nowRohan - Out nowMordor - Out nowIsengard - Out nowLorien - Out nowDunland - Out nowRivendell - Out nowSouthern Fiefdoms of Gondor - Out nowErebor - Out nowFree Peoples - Out nowStrongholds - Coming with 1.0Rhun - Coming with 1.0Harad - Coming with 1.0Morgul - Coming with 1.0Mirkwood - Coming with 1.0Dale - Coming with 1.0


New Factions

16 Factions are being made for Return of Shadow as of the current version 10 have been released.
Each faction is unique and designed to make best use of the faction's culture while offering unique game play mechanics and ideas.

New Maps


New Maps

Over 100 new maps are in Return of Shadow covering just about every corner of Middle-Earth.
From the arid lands of Rhun to the snow capped peaks of Caradhras of the Misty Mountains.

New Mechanics


New Mechanics

A core feature of Return of Shadow is the many new mechanics like the War Upgrades that let you upgrade your heroes, units and structures in new ways.
Expanding CPL allows you expand the limits of your army with each new base you take and when you recruit your faction's leader.
Specialisations some factions have new upgrades that can change the way you play a faction unlocking exclusive units and heroes or focusing on a strategy.

Bigger Battles


Bigger Battles

Battles will be bigger than ever before with expanded Battalion sizes, higher starting Command Point Limit and the new Expanding CPL system.

New Heroes


New Heroes

New heroes join the fray for every faction bringing new strategic options to table with all kinds of unique abilities.

New Unit types


New Unit Types

All kinds of new unit types have been added like the Lorien Wardens a peltast unit, or the powerful Elites, Axemen, Shieldbearers and Support units like the Lightbearer.


Campaign


Updated Campaign

The campaign is being updated over time to add in new units and new scenarios and taking advantage of the bigger battle sizes.

Outposts


Outposts and Watchtowers

Outposts have been improved upon with Outposts now with 3 Defence plots and counting toward the Expanding CPL system and for most factions these are the sole source of Siege Weapons making controlling Outposts vital in a siege battle.
The new Watchtower plots allow you to build a Watchtower that will provide vision over an area and defend key points as well as providing a Territory bonus to External economy buildings in the area.

Spells


Expanded Spells

You'll have access to more spells than ever with the Spell Store expanding from 8 to 12 spells and with rebalanced spell costs and new types of spells.

Updated Visuals


Updated Visuals

A huge amount of visual upgrades have been made with just about every unit or hero getting a visual upgrade.
Walls are now taller as are Siege and Monsters, many new mapping assets have been added to improve the look of the game. Snow maps with Snow covered buildings.
The Shader add on further improves the look of the game giving it more visual fidelity and making the game really pop.

Rebalance


Rebalance

Because of the huge amount of changes in the mod the game is completely rebalanced.
With damage, costs and command points adjusted all over.

Downloads

Start with Final Beta Part1 then Part 2 and finally Hotfix.
Requires Patch 1.03 installed (will work with 1.06 as well).
Java installed.


Final Beta (0.299D)

Part 1

Part 2


Hotfix


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Return of Shadow

2016


2016 is almost over time for a brief look back at the year that was before moving on to next year.
The year started with Beta 0.25's release and the debut of Erebor.
January was also the beginning of the Great Balancing/Initiative a long haul plan to rebalance the mod and bring all factions in line with update designs and mechanics.
It saw the introduction of the new Expansion systems like Reinforcement, Industry Expansion and Specialisations.


The year also saw the introduction and release of the Free Peoples faction within a very short time.

It also saw some big changes with factions being announced like Morgul and other factions being merged like Lindon and Arnor.


The Initiative being the main focus with 2016 serving as a sort of transition period for the mod as it moves towards moving out of Beta with Version 1.0.

It also saw the release of the Final Beta serving as the building block for versions between now and the release of 1.0.

Initiative

Shortly after New Years I will be releasing a special beta for Return of Shadow the Initiative Edition.
This release will be the culmination of the last year's work with large balance changes and new mechanics.
The Initiative Edition will include all the planned balance changes originally planned for Beta 0.3 but not any new factions.
This will include the Horde and CP changes recently announced, a lot of balance changes including the introduction of the new balance scheme introducing Champion units, new Specialisations and Expansion systems for some factions, the shiny new leadership types and the newly updated Horn of War (Home Defence).
Stewards will also be making their public debut.

However some of the more recent features won't be included such as the new Renown system, Legacy Heroes or Steward Powers (Stewards will level up to rank 4 for now).

Download Final Beta

Part 1

Part 2

Hotfix


Join us on the ROS Discord server.


Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

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Return of Shadow's penultimate update for 2016 comes with some more new game mechanics. Renown, Legacy and Stewards.

Return of Shadow December Update

Return of Shadow December Update

News 4 comments

Return of Shadow December Update with more news on Balance, updates to the War Upgrades, Specialisations and some game play footage of the upcoming Imladris...

Return of Shadow - November Update

Return of Shadow - November Update

News 6 comments

Update on more new stuff to come for Return of Shadow 1.0.

Return of Shadow Final Beta Released

Return of Shadow Final Beta Released

News 3 comments

The Final Beta version of Return of Shadow has been released. You can download it now.

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Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

Patch 17 comments

A new hotfix for the Return of Shadow Final Beta that will fix the Amon Hen bug.

Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

Demo 7 comments

Return of Shadow Final Beta Installer Part 2. Requires Part 1 to install, also requires BFME 1.03.

Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

Demo

AKA 0.299C this is a recompiled and updated version of Return of Shadow and the final release before version 1.0

Return of Shadow Set up tool

Return of Shadow Set up tool

Installer Tool 5 comments

This is a very simple batch file that will set up Return of Shadow to work by default when you run the game. This will go around needing use the UI launcher...

Return of Shadow - Tool pack

Return of Shadow - Tool pack

Graphics Tool

A few little addons/tools to help with Return of Shadow.

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dawnstorme
dawnstorme

Is there a way to activate the mod without the launcher...a manual maybe scripted way?

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

Set up tool above.

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OakenShield224
OakenShield224

I really like the mod so far. One question: is the Witch King meant to be buildable in Mordor? There is a spell with a description saying that Gothmog and Witch King can be recruited. However, when I get the spell, I can only recruit Gothmog.

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

Not in the current build.
He got moved to the Morgul faction.

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AnntMinMyat
AnntMinMyat

thank u creator.

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TheGodEuros
TheGodEuros

Ok so I just installed the vanilla game, can someone explain me step by step how to proceed now?

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

In 2 hours there will be a new file added this is the new ROS set up tool.
It'll allow you to enable Return of Shadow to be played without the ROS launcher just run the game as normal.

This tool should also be compatible with t3a online and Gameranger.

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RicardoAbel
RicardoAbel

Redspakr, please give me a link to download latest java update.

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RicardoAbel
RicardoAbel

Plz help me how to install step by step and how to launch game.

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I love this mod....tho the textures aren't super , hope it will be changed , after the textures , the mod is great , and it isnt even done
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I understand that a lot of work went into making this mod, and I really like it original ideas. However, this mod did not feel complete, fully thought through, has several glitches and the graphic skins were poorly done.

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