Here’s Your Pre-Alpha Look at Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Posted on 08 Mar 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

Building on the reveal from last month, Warner Brothers and Monolith Productions has released the first gameplay footage of their epic fantasy action RPG, Shadow of War.

The Nemesis system and vastly improved RPG elements are in full display in this latest footage, with the fortress commanders defecting from Talion’s army facing off against his latest, brutal recruits. Impressively brutal in execution, from time-manipulation abilities that have players firing off a multitude of arrows at once, magically-enhanced parkour abilities, hammers coming out of nowhere, and more.

Followers, subject to the Nemesis system, now can betray, show loyalty, and develop friendships and rivalries. Armored Calvary support the movement of your army as well, allowing easy traversal of environmental hazards. Players can now also take control of Drakes, breathing destructive fire and obliterating enemy defenses. The new Ring of Power also makes an appearance to dominate the minds of frightened officers, converting them to your army.

When confronting the Overlord of a fortress, histories, skirmishes, and the history of your army comes to a head, both in the Overlord itself and the combat arena. Warner Brothers is promising that every Overlord will be unique, and the throne room that the video showcases has been customized, because of Talion and Celebrimbor’s history with him. After conquering a fortress, players can subsequently promote one of their followers to be the new fortress commander, who can then gather resources, offer animals for training, discover loot, and more.

Looking like a violent mashup of Mount and Blade with Tolkien’s Middle-earth setting, or in other words, the dream game of Lord of the Rings fans everywhere. Shadow of War launches for PC and modern consoles on August 25th, 2017.

Official Press Release

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed the first gameplay footage of Middle-earth: Shadow of War™, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™.

This Gameplay Walkthrough introduces viewers to the next generation of the innovative Nemesis System with the addition of Nemesis Fortresses, where players must utilise different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and forge their personalised Orc army. In this video, Talion and Celebrimbor, who return as the Bright Lord, must lead a fortress assault on the mountain valley of Seregost and take it from one of Sauron’s Overlords. To succeed, they will use the power of the New Ring to recruit Followers during enemy encounters—a new mechanic allowing gamers to establish entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. This Gameplay Walkthrough is just one of the millions of possibilities that players will experience in Middle-earth: Shadow of War™.

Set between the events of The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™, Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ is an open-world action RPG that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ will be available for Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 PC (Windows Store and Steam™), PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®4 Pro beginning 25 August, 2017.

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