It’s hard to believe that the Peter Jackson-directed epic Lord of the Rings trilogy films were released as far back as 2001. The franchise has seen a spike in interest in the intervening 16 or so years, spawning multiple games across all platforms. One of those games was the Warner Brothers Interactive published action-adventure, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. A sequel to Talion’s epic journey was greatly anticipated.
The warrior developers at Monolith Productions have been industriously hammering in the undercrofts of their Kirklington base, waiting for the signs of portent to reveal themselves. Today is that day, for Middle Earth: Shadows of War sees Talion return.
In Shadow of War, a new Ring of Power has been forged by Talion and his bonded Wraith, Celebrimbor. Together, they must infiltrate enemy lines and forge an army to turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord Sauron.
Fight the Nazgul in a monumental battle for Middle Earth in this second open-world action-adventure to feature, and be brought to life by, the Nemesis System. The robust personalisation from the first title is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are shaped by player actions and decisions. This creates a personalised world unique to every gameplay experience.
The Nemesis System created unique personalised stories through procedurally generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Shadow of War expands on this experience by introducing Followers, who bring about new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. There will also be Nemesis Fortresses which allow players to strategise and conquer in dynamic strongholds and create more personalised worlds with their Orc army.
Shadow of War will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning you can play, save, and pick up where you left off on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.
It also looks like there will be three definite versions of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, with a Standard, Silver and Gold Edition all teased over on Xbox UK’s Facebook page.
The other, maybe more exciting, prospect revelaed by Monolith, is that Shadow of War will also be a Project Scorpio title.
Look out for a gameplay reveal trailer coming on March the 8th with the game being fully released (it appears, in UK) on the 25th of August, with the US release coming on the 22nd.