During a livestream on Mixer from the Entertainment Weekly San Diego Comic Con party, Microsoft showcased a nice batch of gameplay of the upcoming open world game by Monolith Productions Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
The game was played by several celebrities of varying caliber, presented by hosts Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Star Wars Battlefront II star Janina Gavankar (unfortunately, no Star Wars Battlefront II footage was showcased, if you’re wondering).
Considering that most of the players weren’t exactly the most skilled, we get to see a lot of deaths, which is actually rather convenient, because dying at the hands of various orcs is actually a gameplay mechanic that lets them gain power and turns them into characters with their own individual titles and attitudes as part of the expanded nemesis system.
We also see revenge taken on some of those killers, siege gameplay, summoning monsters like karagors that can then be used as mounts, skilling up after gaining levels, and a look at the Violent Nature story mission. If you prefer not to see that one, you can skip the fourth video.
You can watch all the trailers, and if you want to see more of the game, you can check out the latest trailer featuring Shelob, another story trailer, another introducing the Nemesis Forge system, and our hands-on preview. At E3 2017, it won our staff-voted Game of Show award.
The game will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10.