Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Escalates Mordor War With New War Gameplay

First gameplay footage of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War reveals all-new Nemesis Fortresses in action.

Monolith has just posted the very first gameplay footage of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, an open-world action RPG based on the world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

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The 16-minute-long video showcased expanded features from the critically-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, with an improved Nemesis System and all-new Nemesis Fortresses, as well as siege-like mechanics where you utilize different tactics to conquer strongholds in different regions in Mordor. In order to take control of the castle, players must form their own army by recruiting and controlling allied Orcs as Followers. Along with the Nemesis Fortresses, the game also offers new abilities for Talion and Celebrimbor with the power of New Ring.

In contrast to the prequel which focused on “Assassin Creed”-esque stealth and slash gameplay, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will emphasize the RPG elements and large-scale battle gameplay. The game takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, continuing the story of ranger Captain Talion, and the infused elven spirit Celebrimbor. This time, the duo has forged a new Ring of Power that grants the ability of becoming a powerful king without being controlled by Sauron and his Dark Forces.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was revealed to the public after a leak from Target several weeks ago. The game is slated to release on 22nd August 2017 on PC (Steam and Windows Store), PS4, and Xbox One.


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