Sound the Tolkien nerd klaxon - Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s first story trailer is out, and it’s a humdinger. Monolith has been working backwards from the usual trailer hijinks, showing us hours of gameplay yet not a whisper of story details. It’s all been laid bare now though, showcasing Talion and Celebrimbor’s latest tale of revenge, betrayal, and absolute stoicism.
Set after the events of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and nestled between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Shadow of War use the New Ring to force a gigantic army in order to take on Sauron and Nazgul in a monumental battle for control of Middle-Earth.
The trailer introduces us to a mysterious woman clad in black, as well as the infamous Shelob, a Great Spider and offspring of Ungoliant. Arachnophobes take note, Shelob makes Skyrim’s spiders look like cuddly bears. It’s a bit tricky to stitch together the events of the trailer, but the woman and black and Shelob are seemingly the same beings.
In a bit of a spoiler, we also see Talion fighting Sauron himself, likely alluding to the climactic finale of the entire game. Oops.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is now out on October 10th following a brief delay from August 23rd. It’ll be available for PC (both Windows Store and Steam), PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and the upcoming Project Scorpio.