Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's New Nemesis System "Expands the Palette of Stories You Can Have" - Interview

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Richard Walker

Tolkien's Middle-Earth universe is rich, fertile ground for all manner of expanded media beyond the books, as the wealth of movies, spin-offs and video games have shown over the years. And despite being a non-canon story, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor proved that there's even more room to go beyond the books, with unique tales within the same world.

As such, Shadow of War picks up where the first game left off, looking to expand the narrative with its new and improved Nemesis system, creating even more unique stories in which Talion and his army of orcs go beyond the confines of Mordor, to other iconic regions of Middle-Earth. It's a system that means Monolith is "enormously expanding the palette of stories you can have," according to the developer.

We spoke to VP of Creative on Shadow of War, Michael de Plater about expanding the narrative and where it'll take us outside of Mordor, as well as new characters, returning characters, building the new Nemesis system with fortress assaults, loot, gear, weapons and more, among other things. Check it out in our interview video below.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on 22nd August in North America and 25th August in Europe.

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  • Can't wait for this game. I didn't know you can ride a dragon. are they going to have a beta? Via XA Android App
  • No beta. Not now. It's too far along and there is no multiplayer to be tested so.. yeh. I feel like this game NEEDS a New Game plus or mission replay feature. If there are so many variables in each players unique story I don't want to lose my progress to see all the variety.
  • A new game plus is a good idea. Via XA Android App
  • @#3: It certainly is a good idea. Via World War II-Era Morse Code
  • @1 + 4 I agree, via telekinesis
  • yet to get round to shadows of mordor, might try and do a back 2 back run for that and this, looks awesome.
  • @4 love the signature. Lol Via XA Android App
  • @3 well said! VIA XA Nextel App
  • You can get the unofficial Xbox Achievements Android app here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-xa-unofficial-xboxachievements-com-t3600450 Via XA Android App
  • not all games need multiplayer some of the greatest games are purely singleplayer theres nothing wrong with some games staying singleplayer
  • new game plus would be good but it might make things a big overpowerd unless they ballance the skill tree well and still up the anty on the 2nd or even 3rd playthrew for the type of game this is that might be a bit tricky and there are many features im sure they could add to make this better i love the story aspect your orcs make a bigger part of that this time around compared to barly not in the first at least so they say only the final product will show off all they have talked about ill be looking forard to this i felt shadow of mordor had tuns of potental i hope they live apon it
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