While we anticipate October’s Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Warner Brothers has revealed a new trailer for the upcoming game showing new monsters and enemies.
The trailer shows plenty of recognisable creatures from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Middle-Earth, such as the orcs, trolls, and spiders, as well as some newcomers. Among these is a new enemy, the Spirit of Carnan, a tree or Ent-like being whose purpose and origin has sparked much speculation.
The game is a continuation of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, with original character Talion and the ghostly, controlling spirit elf-lord Celebrimbor fulfilling the last game’s promise to forge a new ring of power to fight Sauron (which does make me worry about interference to the canonical events of The Lord of the Rings).
The Tolkien franchise has produced some very pleasing games over the last few decades, and Shadow of Mordor was one of the better ones, with nice visuals, open-world design and combat. However, I don’t understand why developer Monolith prefers placing their original characters into an existing franchise rather than producing their own, but far be it from me to argue what works for them.
The release date has been pushed back and Middle Earth: Shadow of War releases worldwide on October 10 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.