A title nobody asked for was announced a few days ago after being leaked a few days before that. It’s called Shadow of War, according to the rumor mill. It’s a true sequel to Shadow of Mordor; same main character and everything. Talion and Celebrimbor are doing the invade Mordor thing again, with greater ambitions; stop Sauron.
Before I go ahead and start hyping this game up, I want to remind everyone how boring Shadow of Mordor was. It was neat for a few hours and then was endless rehashes of Assassin’s Creed style mob fights.
That being said, the president of Warner Bros, David Haddad, says the sequel reaches “new heights”. “Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalized gameplay e experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling.”
Michael de Plater of Monolith Productions, the developer behind the title, said “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.”
The Nemesis System, the immersive enemy generation system which was the main feature of the original game, is being expanded to include a new Follower system, adding a new layer of depth to the experience. Nemesis Fortresses are also being introduced.
In every way it seems that Monolith is growing their original vision for Middle Earth, bringing in iconic characters and expanding their engine to new heights. We’ll be waiting until August for Shadow of War to release, so in the meantime check out the trailer below.
Bottom Line: It sounds like Monolith heard fans and dissenters alike. If this game delivers on these promises it could be the homage to Lord of the Rings fans deserved the first time around.