Although the main event for Tolkien fans at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con will likely be Saturday’s panel on the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, that doesn’t mean gamers can’t get the Middle-Earth party started a day early. Just like Tolkien’s books, the video game world inspired by his fantasy series is also full of hundreds of year of lore for fans to read into. The newest trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor gives future players a stylish history lesson on one of the game’s main characters.
Shadow of Mordor had already received a story trailer and a gameplay video this summer, but apparently there is still plenty of material left to tease fans with. The new Bright Lord trailer introduces viewers to Celebrimbor, the very much dead Elven smith who is responsible for creating the Rings of Power. It looks like Celebrimbor will join the already established protagonist, Talion, in his own quest to Mordor.
In addition to the new bit of eye candy, gamers looking forward to the title also found out that they’ll be getting their hands of the game a few days earlier than expected this fall. Unlike lots of other games with release date changes emerging over the summer, this one is actually coming out earlier.
Shadow of Mordor was initially slated for launch on October 7, but will now be released on September 30 for consoles and October 2 for PC and Steam users. According to Warner Bros., the decision to release the game a week early was made after hearing how excited fans and the community are to start playing.
Gamers who feel like they’ve been burned by some of the sub-par Tokien-inspired video games in the past should definitely consider revisiting Middle-Earth this time around. Although the game doesn’t focus on many of the characters that casual Lord of the Rings fans are familiar with (aside from Gollum), the engaging high-fantasy environment and difficult gameplay have a great chance to draw in lots of new fans. The challenging gameplay was a lot of fun when we played it at E3 2014 and we look forward to getting a look at the finished product come this October.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor releases September 30, 2014 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PC release will follow on October 2.
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