In a new livestream from Monolith Productions, the developer revealed some gameplay footage that features one of the story campaigns available in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. It’s a short mission, which essentially gains Talion and Celebrimbor new information about the ring they forged together.
The first step is to investigate, going through the various death throws of the orcs that previously tried to figure out what was going on with the forest. After crushing their heads as easily as one might a berry, Talion moves on until the source is found, within a specific tree.
Carnan doesn’t so much as introduce herself, as she does attempt to analyze Talion and Celebrimbor. She’s apparently unimpressed with the idea of immortality, and gets ready to attack when Celebrimbor steps in. He tells Talion it would be best not to attack, as Carnan is a very powerful spirit of nature, far more powerful than the two of them. Instead, Celebrimbor suggest Talion lay down his sword and kneel. Talion doesn’t take kindly to this solution and promptly sticks his sword in the Carnan created beasts.
Through a series of very cool combat moves, Talion defeats Carnan’s various forms before being dragged down to see her true form. She explains, essentially, that the ring they forged awoke more than just Sauron. Talion and Celebrimbor quickly offer their assistance and it seems as though Carnan accepts.
We can also catch a brief glimpse of the PC settings the game is running on at the 2:40 timestamp: Nvidia Titan X at 4K at 60FPS. In addition, graphics settings are set to “custom”, lighting quality is set to “high”, and finally mesh quality, shadow quality, texture filtering and texture quality are set at “ultra.”
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is shaping up to a game I know I’m putting on my wishlist. The game releases October 10, 2017.