When Shadow of Mordor first released, it took the gaming world by storm. A mash-up between Assassin’s Creed, Arkham City, and Lord of the Rings, the title was a fantastic introduction to a series that everyone agreed contained a lot of promise. But while the gameplay was critically acclaimed for being innovative and well-polished, the final boss fight was incredibly disappointing – something that developer Monolith claims Middle-earth: Shadow of War will rectify.
Players of the first game are sure to remember the final encounter with Sauron coming down to a couple of Quick-Time events and a dreadful conclusion, but it seems that the developer has learned from its mistakes. According to a new interview with Monolith’s design director Bob Roberts at PAX West, the only thing that the final boss fight in Middle-earth: Shadow of War will suffer from is being ‘too epic’.
“I think people will be really happy with this ending. Well, maybe they’ll hate it for being too epic.”
The director didn’t clarify what could possibly make the ending overly epic, but players won’t have to wait too much longer in order to find out for themselves. The sequel releases in less than a month, bringing with it an upgraded Nemesis system that will see players interacting with the title’s unique Orc enemies in a whole new way.
Another new change that has many Lord of the Rings fans confused is the change that has been made to the fan-favorite villain Shelob. Instead of a gigantic spider, this time Shelob will take the form of a human woman as she interacts with the protagonist Talion. It’s certainly an interesting change and we’re excited to see how it plays out in the game’s story.
Although the title currently has players worried about the premise of newly-added microtransactions, Shadow of War appears to be shaping up to be even better than its predecessor. So long as Monolith takes the hint and doesn’t go overboard with real-world currency purchases, this is one AAA title that has every chance of living up to the hype.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War releases October 10, 2017 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.