My, that last article we posted in 2017 had a bitter taste, didn't it?
Thanks to the efforts of Kwen and Spartan184, both veteran BFME1 modders, Shadow and Flame is now back in active development. Because 2017 seems like a lifetime ago, we'll refresh your memories as to what Shadow and Flame was, and tell you what it is going to be.
What is Shadow and Flame?
Shadow and Flame is a mod for Battle for Middle-earth 1 that adds a custom Gundabad faction, overhauls original factions with new mechanics, units, heroes and spells, makes changes to the BFME1 campaign, and improves AI.
Why is it alive again?
Shadow and Flame ceased development when its team went inactive or moved over to Age of the Ring. In recent months, 2 old team members that worked on Shadow and Flame and its predecessors have returned and picked up where the mod was left off back in 2016.
When will it be released?
We will soon enter the beta testing phase for the first new version of Shadow and Flame. As always, we don't provide release dates. But it won't be long.
What will this new version contain?
The new version of Shadow and Flame will contain an extensive art overhaul for all factions including Gundabad, as well as campaign fixes, optimization, and a refresher of game mechanics, notably for Gundabad.
What about Eriador?
Eriador was extremely early in the concept stages before the mod was discontinued. We decided that we would not include Eriador in this release because Eriador was never officially released in the first place.
Will it come in a later version?
Any further versions are not yet confirmed.
So will this be the last version?
That depends on its reception. If there's a big enough want, we hope to continue working on this. There are lots of ideas, but we won't commit to anything yet.