If you are someone who is waiting for publishers to start talking about games created with Project Scorpio and PS4 Pro in mind, your wait is now over. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has just announced a sequel to the hit open-world game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be coming to Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro, Windows 10, PC, Xbox One and PS4. There was no mention of the game coming to Nintendo Switch in Warner Bros.’ release. “This next journey to Middle-earth will bring back Talion and Celebrimbor, who return as the Bright Lord as they go behind enemy lines to turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron.”
Warner Bros. said Middle-earth: Shadow of War will embellish upon the Nemesis system. This in-game system was first shown off in Shadow of Mordor and is arguably still one of the most innovative features of this generation. Monolith Productions is the studio behind the upcoming sequel, which is set to launch Aug. 22.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will see gamers take control of a new Ring of Power. With it, they will confront some of the most treacherous enemies, including Sauron and the Nazgul. This “monumental battle for Middle-earth” returns gamers to the open-world of Mordor.
Players will be able to express deep “personalization” in this sequel. Environments and characters will be shaped by a player’s actions and decisions. This will create a personal world unique to every gameplay experience. The Nemesis System introduces the concept of Followers, who will bring new tales of “loyalty, betrayal and revenge.”
Gamers will also notice the Nemesis System is even better with the concept of Nemesis Fortresses. These allow players to use unique tactics to takeover dynamic strongholds. A deadly army will help you personalize your game and the world of Middle-earth.
Shadow of War will happen between the events of The Hobbit and The Lords of the Rings books. It will be extremely exciting to learn more about what happens in between those two significant stories. The new game is a continuation of Shadow of Mordor‘s narrative.
Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains. There will be new “iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.” Michael de Plater, who is the vice president of creative at Monolith Productions, gave some thoughts on today’s news.
“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,” de Plater said. “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.”
Warner Bros.’ Shadow of War will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title. Gamers can “pick up where they left off on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, bringing all the saves, add-ons and achievements with them at no additional cost.” David Haddad, who is the president of WBIE, spoke about today’s announcement.
“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalized gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling. 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,” Haddad said.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will launch this coming Aug. 22. The game will be available on PS4 Pro, Project Scorpio, PS4, Xbox One, Windows 10 and PC. The official gameplay reveal for Shadow of War will take place on March 8. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Shadow of War.
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