Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Release Date, Trailer, and More News
J.R.R. Tolkien’s story of knights, elves, goblins, and magical rings returns to the video game once more with Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the follow-up to the seminal Shadow of Mordor. Talion and Celebrimbor return as the protagonists, as they continue to beat back Sauron’s forces many years before the events of The Lord of the Rings.
The innovative Nemesis System will also be a big part of this sequel as well as new way to attack fortresses involving a battle between two massive armies. It’s as close to the movies as you can get!
Here’s everything else we know about Middle-earth: Shadow of War:
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War News
Shadow of War will contain a new, and rather interesting, online mode.
Dubbed Social Conquest, this pseudo-competitive mode will allow players to build their own fortress, staff it with the strongest warriors available, and upgrade it through the system available in the single-player campaign. Then, they can allow other players to “invade” their game online and try to take down their fortress.
Participating players will be able to choose between a “casual” Social Conquest mode in which invading and defending players have nothing to lose from successful or failed attacks. However, the mode’s ranked option will include a kind of perma-death feature that makes it so that any captains that are killed when your fortress is under attack stay dead. This effect will carry over to the single-player campaign and will require you to re-staff your fortress.
Rewards include everything from loot chests – yes, Shadow of War will have loot boxes – to ranked position upgrades. You can get your first look at this new mode in action by watching the video below:
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Release Date
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is expected to release on October 10, 2017 for XBO, PS4, and PC.
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Trailer
Everyone’s favorite giant spider will make an appearance in Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor according to the game’s latest trailer.
What’s particularly interesting about this preview is that it seems to suggest the Shelob of Shadow of War is either actually just another form of a shapeshifting human or somehow possessed/controlled by an outside force. Because of this, players will be able to do more than just run away from Shelob in fear. They’ll actually need to decide whether or not the assistance Shelob offers is genuine or part of a larger scheme
The latest trailer for Shadow of War showcases a new system called Nemesis Forge. Nemesis Forge will allow Shadow of Mordor players to import their rivals into the sequel’s story in order to do battle with them once more.
Those who have Shadow of Mordor save files will be able to automatically import their rivals into Shadow of War via the Nemesis Forge system. Those who haven’t played the original game may have the chance to establish a new rivalry as Shadow of Mordor is currently free-to-play on Steam and Xbox One from now until July 9th.
For more information, check out the full reveal trailer for the Nemesis Forge system:
Here’s the E3 gameplay trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War!
If you’re wondering how Shadow of War will continue the story that Shadow of Mordor created, this trailer should answer some of your questions. It showcases a tale of revenge in a world at total war and even affords us a brief glimpse at Sauron.
This trailer was the first properly cinematic look at the highly-anticipated sequel. Keep an eye out for some famous Middle-Earth locations, voices, and the faintest hints at what Shadow of War‘s larger narrative may be about.
IGN got a brief look at Shadow of War‘s expanded Nemesis system and how these new mechanics will impact the new fortress system in the game. Honestly, there isn’t much to this story which hasn’t been covered before, but if you’d like to see a brief rundown of how everything works, be sure to check out the video below:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions released another gameplay walkthrough earlier this year, which focuses on the sequel’s revamped Nemesis system.
This demo showcases how the previous game’s Nemesis system has been expanded upon in order to better fit the massive war that players find themselves a part of on the outset of Shadow of War. While certain aspects of the original title like followers and rivals remain, now it is possible for the player to build a literal army and use them to take on massive enemy forces.
The truly impressive aspect of this demo, however, is the spectacle of it. While all of Shadow of Mordor‘s RPG and open-world elements seem to remain in place, there was nothing in the first game that can compare to the madness of laying siege to an enemy fortress in Shadow of War. It remains to be seen whether we can expect such grandiose battles every time a fortress is at stake, but even in its supposed alpha state, Shadow of War is looking like the sequel we hoped that Shadow of Mordor would one day receive.
Here’s the first trailer for the game:
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Details
Shadow of War will pick up roughly where the original title left off as players will assume the role of ranger/wraith Talion after he creates a ring of power designed to challenge Sauron. Unfortunately, the creation of this ring and other events that have been brewing lead to the start of a new war in Middle-Earth. Does Middle-Earth ever get to experience peace time?
Best of all, it has been confirmed that the Nemesis System that defined the first title will be returning in Shadow of War. For those who didn’t get to play Shadow of Mordor, the Nemesis System allows for players to interact with the hierarchy of Sauron’s army. For instance, a lowly orc who kills you may find himself rising fast up the ranks of Sauron’s most trusted allies while also earning a spot on your kill list. However, players are also able to essentially possess low-tier villains and help them move up the ladder as a kind of double agent.
It’s a brilliant piece of gameplay design that is only going to improve with Shadow of War‘s new Nemesis Fortress. The addition of this Fortress dynamic will allow players to conquer enemy strongholds as well as establish their own strongholds and armies. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about this exciting new feature at this time.
Michael de Plater, creative vice president of Monolith, says that “As lifelong fans of Middle-earth, we are so grateful to have the privilege to bring to life the most incredible fantasy world ever created in a new way, for a new generation. With Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, we can’t wait to see the amazing stories players are going to create and share.” It’s clear from the developer statements made thus far that Shadow of War is looking to expand on the features of Shadow of Mordor in a way that allows players to shape the game’s world as they see fit and make it their own.
We eagerly anticipate seeing if they are able to accomplish the substantial task of improving on the original title.
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