Well, it’s kind of older news, but LOTR’s engine is to be refitted with DX10 extensions.
Here’s some comparison screen shots for your enjoyment.
I’m not really impressed.
Most of the DX10 shots make the world look so much darker. Is there a reason to need to have shadows everywhere? Why not spend the money on doing something fun for the game itself? What this tells me is the publisher is thinking ‘If we make it look good they will come’. Some of the DX10 shots (to me) make the game look WORSE. Granted it looks a little more detailed. But for the price needed to run DX10 apps, are you really getting your money’s worth?