While Warner Bros’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor game from 2014 attempted to align itself with the respected Tolkien canon, it appears that its sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, is taking a different approach to the material by gorging itself with every possible reference to the novels, movies and beyond.
This new story trailer is a full-bore Tolkienesque tour-de-force of fiery balrogs, giant spiders, marauding orcs, an Army of the Dead, the evil sorcerer Sauron, Nazgul, stone trolls and hell-hawks all converging in a major dose of Middle-earth mania.
Here's the official synopsis from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The open-world action-adventure game is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.
Watch Talion and Celebrimbor battle the dark forces in this latest preview, and let us know if you'll join the quest when Middle-earth: Shadow of War erupts on Xbox One, PC and PS4 on October 10.