Following the announcement last week, the first gameplay footage for Warner's Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been released.
In this case, the orc the player faces bears a personal grudge as he was part of Talion's army before he betrayed him and joined the Dark Lord. Returning as a core component of gameplay for the sequel is the Nemesis system which, as the trailer so elegantly explains, will be made up of Overlord leaders of different territories that will be unique for every single player.
He employs siege beasts and flame archers to protect his fortress from Talion's army forces. The video then shows off how players can take control of a Drake to unleash fire upon the battlefield and fly to new heights.
The war for Mordor begins. This time around, you can recruit followers during enemy encounters. If the system is as dynamic and organic as Monolith Productions suggest it will be, this could be a very interesting addition to the sequel. The demo opens with Talion attacking the fortress of Seregost to overthrow Ur-Hakon the Dragon Lord. They'll run back to Sauron and get powered up, including getting a Curse power that keeps you from using your Ring of Power and prevents them from being branded again. We also get to see that players will be able to sacrifice the Drake by crashing it onto big enemies.
Monolith Software incredibly promises that the Nemesis system means the mission is entirely unique and no two players will have the same mission.
"Following the fantastic 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".
It is due out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 25.