It’s been a big week for the recently announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War, after a lengthy gameplay trailer showed off many new mechanics and gameplay showing players building an army to oppose the Dark Lord Sauron. The gameplay also showed off the expanded Nemesis System, which then raised a number of questions as well, including the possibility of letting players import a save file from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
After checking with a Warner Bros representative, Monolith Productions creative vice president Michael de Plater remained cagey about the subject and confirmed that they’re not saying anything at this time. In this instance, it’s really more about what de Plater didn’t say, as in this case, he didn’t outright say no and even went to check with a representative before giving any answer at all. Either way, it appears the team is waiting to reveal the news in full, perhaps at E3, or they’re still considering it before Shadow of War launches later this year.
Considering how unique the experience is for each and every player thanks to the Nemesis System, on paper it makes sense to allow players to transfer a save file from its predecessor. Shadow of War appears to be a game about banding together an army, so being able to pull in Warchiefs and other Uruks to join Talion’s army from a previous Shadow of Mordor save file makes a lot of sense.
While there’s still a fair amount of details that fans don’t know quite yet, the gameplay trailer did show off a lot of big moments players will be seeing once the game arrives. The Nemesis System has been expanded to include feelings of friendship and loyalty now, rather than just revenge and betrayal. These moments can lead to really unique events in game such as when a friendly archer helps the player take out a minor boss character, or perhaps saving the day during a big Warchief battle.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is due out on August 22, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.