The Uruk-Hai Return in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

The sequel to Shadow of Mordor, arguably one of the best games of 2015, now has a trailer and accompanying website to match. First leaked online via a department store ad, Shadow of War snagged a release date, trailer, and official press release not more than 24 hours after the ad was circulated online. Within Shadow of War, we’re promised a revival of the Nemesis System, one of the major pieces that made the entire formula work well in the original, except instead of applied to just your orcish enemies, it now affects the entire world. With the addition of Followers, companions who can also be affected by the Nemesis System, and Nemesis Fortresses, players can carve a path through strongholds, villages, and entire armies of Sauron’s alliance.

Boasting a beautiful CGI trailer to herald the announcement, Talion and Celebrimbor are returning as the player characters, now with a new Ring of Power, and also set to explore the time between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books. Warner Brothers is promising an expansion of almost every gameplay and RPG mechanic present in the original, and with such a massive hole in the universe lore to fill, one would expect immense displays of high fantasy action.

The trailer promises a gameplay reveal on March 8th, with a full release coming on August 22nd of this year. If that seems like a rapid turnaround, remember that the original was announced in March and then released in September. Also alongside the trailer announcement is the reveal that Shadow of War will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning that buying it on either the Xbox One or Windows 10 gets you a free copy for the other platform. Neat, indeed.

Shadow of War releases on August 25nd, 2017.

Official Press Release

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War™, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, winner of more than 50 industry awards, including 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards’ Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming at the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards and the BAFTA for Game Design. Developed by Monolith Productions, Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron.

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 open-world action-adventure game is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization 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.

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. Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ will be available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalised gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ truly drives the genre forward by taking the Nemesis System to new heights and allowing players to create their own personal journey within Middle-earth.”

“Following the amazing reception to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, we massively expanded every dimension of the game, including the world, the story, the RPG systems, the core gameplay and of course the personal player stories of the Nemesis System,” said Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions. “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.”

The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ expands this innovation 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 utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.

Set between the events of The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ 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, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, players can purchase a digital version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ once and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Gamers can pick up where they left off on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, bringing all the saves, game add-ons and achievements with them at no additional cost.

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