Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Announced, Gameplay Revealed

Middle-earth fans rejoice!

Warner Bros. has officially announced a sequel to 2014’s critically acclaimed hit Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War. It will be released on August 22 in the US, August 23 in Australia and August 25 in Europe, and will be available on PS4 (including PS4 Pro), Xbox One (including Project Scorpio), Steam and Windows 10 (where it will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title).

Shadow of War is being developed by the team from the original, Monolith Software, and will once again feature an original story set in the Middle-earth universe between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. From an official press release on the announcement: “In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth.”

The award-winning Nemesis System from the original is also making a comeback, and has been further expanded for the sequel. From the press release:

“This robust personalisation system from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience. Shadow of War expands on the Nemesis System with the introduction of Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis Fortresses, which allows players to utilise different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalised worlds with their unique Orc army.”

Warner Bros. have also released a 16 minute gameplay reveal trailer, showing Talion and his Orc army taking down one of the aforementioned Nemesis Fortresses. It is revealed in the trailer that Talion will also be able to dominate, ride and fight with drakes (dragons). Talion is shown dominating an enemy drake and using it to firebomb enemy catapult emplacements to ease the pressure on his army. Check it out below:

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