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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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Riddermark Edition

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Return of Shadow

Riddermark Edition


Coming out on Rad Day (July 17) is the newest edition of Return of Shadow the Riddermark Edition.

The Riddermark Edition is focused on updating and improving the Rohan faction updating the faction visuals, new abilities and bunch of changes and bug fixes.

The Riddermark

The first change you'll notice is that the Rohan faction has been renamed the Riddermark faction the name the Rohirrim give to their realm.
This will come with a bunch of other changes like the change to various names for units and skills into Old English the language Tolkien used to represent the Rohirrim language.
This change is mostly aesthetic like the changes to the Rivendell (now Imladris faction).

Edoras Spearmen have been removed since they overlap with the Westfold Spearmen.
Dunhere has been replaced with Hama as the Steward hero.
The Fortitude spell has been replaced with a new spell.

As seen below the Riddermark Edition also sports some visual updates for the faction.
A new Farm, updated models for most units.

Fixes

Many bugs and balance changes have been added as well including the Edoras fix for the Evil Campaign.
Fiefdoms have had quite a few of their issues looked as well although they didn't get quite the attention that Riddermark got.

Future

I've been giving the future plans for the mod a lot of thought lately with how I'll handle releases.
I had originally planned for a 1.0 release with all the factions but since then I haven't been able to work as much on the mod instead I've been working on short bursts.
I think the idea of "Editions" could be a good way to progress each big release can have a theme and focal point like with Riddermark being focused on that one faction.
I think of the mod being somewhat complete at least the public factions.

So I'm regarding Initiative Edition as "1.0" from now on and taking the mod out of Beta.
Instead new factions will just be part of ongoing support for the mod like DLC or Expansions for a regular game.

I'm already drawing up plans for the next Edition which will include a new faction.

Download Initiative Edition

Part 1

Part 2



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Initiative Edition Released

Initiative Edition Released

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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

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

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

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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...

RSS Files
Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Return of Shadow Riddermark Edition

Patch 17 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 6 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 7 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.

Comments  (0 - 10 of 3,779)
highblood89
highblood89

I love this mod! Thanks for adding Dunland in it!

Although I would also love to see Dorwinion to be added. :P

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dkbluewizard
dkbluewizard

I know, that faction should house the Blue Wizards.

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Guest
Guest

Does anyone know when 1.0 is coming out?

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Nik768
Nik768

Initiative Edition was the 1.0

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saitouakira
saitouakira

i'm guessing the campaign stil wont work?

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saitouakira
saitouakira

so i'm now having no problems what so ever with playing the game, but i got 0 textures walls missing buildings not showing and no icon pictures

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Nik768
Nik768

Reinstall the game, then install the desired patches and only after that install mod.

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saitouakira
saitouakira

i've tried that twice is there any other option i can try also?

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Nik768
Nik768

The mod works? Only problem with the textures and models?

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saitouakira
saitouakira

yes

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Nik768
Nik768

Please tell me the creation date of the asset.dat file (in the game folder) when mod is active

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saitouakira
saitouakira

11-1-2006 last edited and 2004 was create date

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Nik768
Nik768

In the folder with the game is asset.ros file?

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saitouakira
saitouakira

yes

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Nik768
Nik768

Strangely, the launcher must rename these files. However, you can do it manually. Save somewhere the original asset.dat, then remove it from there. Then just rename the asset.ros in the asset.dat

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saitouakira
saitouakira

that made it work i only now cannot click on denethor ect, i dont know if thats something from the mod or not

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Nik768
Nik768

Everything is fine, as it should be. These heroes guard base, they have in each faction, but are still being finalized

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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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