Middle-earth: Shadow of War Introduces New Tribe of Orcs

September 5, 2017Written by Anthony Nash

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Earlier today, Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive released a brand new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War that introduces a brand new tribe of orcs.

According to their press release, the group of Orcs known as the “Dark tribe” are a stealthy bunch, “utilize stealth and assassination to dominate Mordor on behalf of the Lord of Mordor, whom they have a fanatical reverence for.” Dark tribe orcs mainly use fast and agile weapons, and seem to be ability to disappear and reappear with the use of smoke bombs.

You can check out the full trailer below:

If you’re not sold yet on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, make sure to check out our preview of it from this years E3:

Getting to the pièce de résistance, I entered the fortress assault. This is so much more than targeting a Warchief, which could already be quite difficult in the first game. Shadow of War pits two orc armies against each other, capturing points in a massive battle that is like living out the huge fights from the Lord of the Rings movies. Helm’s Deep, Gondor, the Fields of Pellenor. All of these incredible set pieces came to life in that moment as I sent my orc army charging in and began running alongside them, firing off ethereal arrows and lopping off orc heads. Arriving at the end sent me into a massive battle against the fortress leader, a tough fight that I rapidly lost after getting overwhelmed with his reinforcements.

Despite my loss, I had a lot of fun with Shadow of War. Part of the engaging gameplay is in dealing with failure, ducking and weaving as the world changes, your enemies growing stronger, that growing feeling of vengeful rage as you watch a simple orc become the one that just won’t leave you alone. Middle-earth: Shadow of War seems to take on everything that made Shadow of Mordor our game of the year in 2014 and crank it up to levels that could very easily make it another game of the year contender in 2017.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10.