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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.


Initiative Edition

Part 1

Part 2



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Return of Shadow

State of the Mod Address


As you may have noticed I've been pretty quiet for a while now, I've been pretty busy with life stuff for the last 6 months and it limits my modding time.
I've been working on the mod on a more part time basis these last 6 months so work is still continuing just not at my usual fast pace.


Southron Edition is still planned for release and hopefully in the near future, most of the Harad faction is ready and work has for now shifted to working some of the other factions finishing up some stuff there, like the last 2 weeks I've been focused Erebor trying finish up their Expansion system and its related heroes.


For support don't forget to head on over to the Discord server (link below) since I don't often check Moddb comments any more.
I usually post my updates on the Discord, you can also join other players for games of ROS.

Mod of the Year Awards 2017

That time of year again if you want to vote for Return of Shadow for Mod of the Year you'll find the button on the front page.



Join the Discord group link below to get live support for the mod (you know when I'm awake), chat about the mod and even get early and exclusive access to future releases.

Join us on the ROS Discord server.


Riddermark Edition

Riddermark Edition

News 7 comments

In a Rad Day tradition a new update is coming, the Riddermark Edition. Has extensive changes for the Rohan faction in store.

Initiative Edition Released

Initiative Edition Released

News 14 comments

Finally the Initiative Edition is out. Return of Shadow's latest released a preview of sorts for the full version. This version has a lot of of changes.

Return of Shadow - 2016 Wrap up

Return of Shadow - 2016 Wrap up

News 4 comments

Time to look back at 2016 and forward to the new year.

Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

Return of Shadow - Renown and Legacy

News 4 comments

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

RSS Files
Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Patch 21 comments

To celebrate Rad Day I've released the new Riddermark Edition. The latest version focuses on improving the Rohan (now Riddermark faction)

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 2

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 2

Demo 7 comments

Part 2 of Return of Shadow Initiative Edition. This version adds many bug fixes, balaance changes and new features/

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 1

Return of Shadow Initiative Edition Part 1

Demo 4 comments

Part 1 of Return of Shadow Initiative Edition. The latest release for ROS including many bug fixes, balance changes and new features.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow - Final Beta Hotfix 2

Patch 17 comments

This version is obsolete. Download the Initiative Edition first.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 2

Demo 8 comments

This version is obsolete. Download Initiative Edition instead.

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

[Obsolete]Return of Shadow Final Beta - Part 1

Demo

This version is obsolete. Download Initiative Edition instead.

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

After all these years I broke into the top 100, a huge thank you to everyone who voted.

This has been a goal of mine for many years and I had completely given up on it so you could imagine my surprise.

I'm actually tearing up just a little.

In any case I'm working hard on it still hoping to release something ASAP.

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Guest
Guest

Radspakr's commitment is unreal. I haven't actually played the game in a while, but I always reinstall when a new version of his "mod" comes out. I say "mod", because it is a new game in many ways. The vanilla version is pretty much unplayable after you have experienced this mod. Not sure why this has never won 'mod of the year', but I'm guessing it has more to do with the age of this game than the quality of this mod.

People should also play the older version of this mod, the Lone Wolf mod (from memory), if they can find it. I think Radspakr wasn't 100% happy with it, but even then, it is still more amazing than any other BFME mod.

Thanks to radspakr for another year of dedication to perfecting this game!

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

Thanks guy.

I wouldn't recommend Lone Wolf it's the inferior version and all the best ideas have been implemented or are getting implemented into ROS.

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

Just a mini update.

Still plugging away,I've been working on Erebor lately trying to finish up the Expansion heroes and fix various issues.

I'm hoping to get the Southron Edition up before the holidays, no guarantees but that's what I'm aiming for.

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theabraxusentity
theabraxusentity

imo this mod has much more potential than edain mod
Voted!

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dkbluewizard
dkbluewizard

I would really like to see the Balrog as a hero for Strongholds faction.

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

It's their end game summon, way too strong to be a regular hero.

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JoeFerris
JoeFerris

How to uninstall this? Now my HD edition for the game doesn't work...

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Radspakr Creator
Radspakr

You can disable the mod through the launcher then HD edition should work fine.

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JoeFerris
JoeFerris

So does 1.06 work with this mod, or do I need to uninstall it?

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This is the mod to rule them all. Probably the most ambitious BFME mod out there. I would argue it even out competes BFME 2 and RotWK mods, too. That is how impressive this mod is. The creator is extremely talented and puts some many new units, skins, spells, heroes, maps, and so much more. Almost any faction you can think of is added or on the way (even hobbits, dwarves, elves, Dunland, etc). One of the most impressive additions, especially since it is campaign compatible. Also, the launcher is…

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