Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's got orcs -- lots of 'em. The player fights the orcs, defeats the orcs, and then subjugates the orcs, creating their own orcish army. Turning Mordor's own orcish horde is, at least initially, Shadow of Mordor's ultimate goal. It's not as east as walking up to the local orc grocery though, no, there's subterfuge to be required. All of this is teased in the upcoming Middle-earth game's latest trailer, "Make Them Your Own."
While absolutely an exciting premise, since who doesn't want to control their own army, the big question will be how Shadow of Mordor plays out in terms of control and controls. Does the player actually control the army or is it just an AI controlled mess the player wanders around in? Can the player strategically control multiple orcs at the same time, or will it be limited to a single orc? That seems like an underwhelming delivery on expectations now, considering this trailer's massive army tease.
In addition to the rather fancy trailer, Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. has revealed a few more of the game's details. Those include some of the big voice talent that will be lending their skills to the game:
- Troy Baker - Talion (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City)
- Nolan North - Black Hand (Uncharted series, Batman: Arkham Origins)
- Alastair Duncan - Wraith (Mass Effect series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)
- Laura Bailey - Ioreth (Halo 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us)
- Liam O'Brien - Gollum (Infamous: Second Son, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us)
On top of that, adding his compositional skills to the project is Garry Schyman, known also as the composer for BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite. Yeah, I'd say Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has all the pieces it needs to create an amazing game.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is planned for release on October 7 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.