Middle-earth: Shadow of War's expansions include new Orc tribes and story missions
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a good game even though the gameplay is a little repetitive and its visuals are rather blurry on Xbox One.
Well, if you like the title and wanted to know what the future holds, Warner Bros. Interactive today released a new trailer detailing the expansion pass. The upcoming content includes new Orc tribes and story campaigns.
The first piece of content coming in November 2017 is the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion. According to Warner Bros. Interactive, the gruesome Slaughter tribe invades Mordor, introducing new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tribal showdowns, and fierce battles. What you should know is that Slaughter Orcs are the most vicious in Mordor, capable of ambushing players at any point. So, always watch your back!
The second download coming in December 2017 is the Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion. Just like the first one, this expansion introduces new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tribal showdowns, and fierce battles. The only difference here is the mannerisms of the tribe. The Outlaw tribe is home to the most rebellious warriors. They have anyone who invades them and that includes the Dark or Bright Lords. They aren't your allies.
Now comes the more significant content. The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion lets you play as Eltariel, an elite assassin known as the Blade of Galadriel. However, it's not just about fighting Orcs here: You also have to fight new Nazgûl. Eltariel wields dual Elven blades and harnesses the Light of Galadriel, which gives her new combat abilities and skills. The wait for this one is slightly longer because it's expected in February 2018.
Following in the footsteps of Eltariel, the Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion allows you to play as Baranor. Baranor is the Captain of Minas Ithil and a survivor of the city's demise. There's a new Orc threat rising in the East and it's up to Baranor to put an end to them. There are a lot of new mechanics introduced in this expansion such as teaming up with Torvin, a Dwarven Hunter, to craft new gear. Aside from that, you can hire mercenaries and conquer a new desert region known as Lithlad. Remember, Baranor is a normal human so you can't survive extreme situations. He can't cheat death so the Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion is somewhat like a new rogue-like campaign mode. The wait for this one is even longer as it should be out in May 2018.
The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Expansion Pass (opens in new tab) is available for $39.99 on the Xbox Store. If you purchased the game's Gold Edition, then the Expansion Pass is part of the package. If you only want to play the significant Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion or the Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion, you can buy them separately once they launch as well.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It's an open world action role-playing game that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players forge a new Ring of Power and take on the Dark Lord Sauron in Mordor.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is now available for Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4. The title supports Xbox Play Anywhere so if you buy it on Xbox One you automatically get the Windows 10 version. Xbox One X enhancements will be available on November 7, 2017.
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Uh... how are there "new" Nazgul? Has someone been making rings they shouldn't have?
Get ready for new loot boxes to purchase or a long long grind again. Or you can watch it on YouTube as it's recommended here on Windows Central.
By Jez Corden