Today, Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive released an incredibly brief clip for Middle-earth: Shadow of War that teases the possibility of flying mounts being available in the action-adventure game. However, since the footage provided by the companies barely offers five seconds of actual in-game materials, fans are going to have to wait until Wednesday, March 8 for a full gameplay reveal and potential confirmation as to whether or not Middle-earth: Shadow of War's main character Talion will be able to mount and ride winged creatures.
As seen in the teaser below, Middle-earth: Shadow of War fans can get an all-too-short look at Talion crouched on the back of what appears to be a Drake soaring through the skies while raining down fire on presumed enemies on the ground. While this very well could indicate flying mounts being in the game, it's also quite possible that the shot of Talion on the creature's back could simply be a snippet from a cut-scene instead of an actual mechanic to be used by fans.
This is the second official look at in-game assets for Middle-earth: Shadow of War that has been provided by Monolith and Warner Bros., as the announcement trailer was released just last week. While gameplay details are still somewhat scarce, it has been confirmed that the story will continue to follow the fallen Gondor Ranger Talion along with his Elven companion Celebrimbor, as they continue their campaign that ended from Shadow of Mordor to fight behind enemy lines in an attempt to turn Mordor against the Dark Lord Sauron.
Beyond gameplay details, it seems as if Monolith and Warner Bros. are planning for Middle-earth: Shadow of War to be a hotly anticipated release for this year, as the companies already have a couple of special packages available for the title. As it happens, fans who want something more than the standard version can either pick up the Gold Edition for $100, or the Mithril Edition – which includes the Gold version, as well as myriad other goodies – for a whopping $300.
Speaking of the Mithril Edition for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, it will contain a 12-inch statue detailing a battle between a Tar-Goroth Balrog and a Carnan Drake. While the model is far from an official confirmation of what kind of gameplay the Lord of the Rings-inspired title will contain, there's a chance it could serve as yet another indicator of flying mounts going on to be an important component Shadow of War, as it appears as if at least one of the creatures in the statue is being ridden by an unknown figure.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set to release on August 22, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.