After a super impressive cinematic announcement trailer, Warner Bros have now shared the first gameplay footage of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Warner Bros and developer Monolith Soft could have easily given us a few minutes to whet our appetite, but they’ve only gone and given us a glorious 16 minute gameplay walkthrough – check it out below.
A press release explains:
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.
It was always obvious that the Lord of the Rings video game spinoff was gonna get a sequel sooner or later. Part Arkham, part Far Cry, set in a sandbox world where we could fuck with Uruk-hai till the Nazgul came home, Shadow of Mordor was a truly great game, and I’m chuffed it’s getting a great looking follow-up.
As promised, the video certainly indicates that we’ll be seeing an expansion of the excellent Nemesis System, which served as an ingenious way to immerse us in the world and enemies of the first game.
Check out a couple of the Uruk-hai we’ll be taking down in the omages below, to further build up that sweet hype – it’s a good looking game, that’s for sure.
Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions said during the initial announcement:
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. 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.
Basically, Shadow of War is gonna be bigger, better, and meaner than the game that came before. Sounds fucking ace to me.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 25, 2017.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.