Middle-earth: Shadow of War stronghold takeover gameplay

Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of War

A more intricate Nemesis system and much bigger scale

A new gameplay trailer is up for Middle-earth: Shadows of War. 15 minutes of gory alpha footage from the game set to release on 25 August 2017.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Nemesis introMiddle-earth: Shadow of War - Nemesis intro

From the looks of it, the Nemesis system has been beefed up with extra layers of complexity and moving parts in order to create a unique experience for each player. Riding around on drakes and ork allies of various types are also on the table, along with uniquely generated bosses and their corresponding lairs.

MonolithMiddle-earth: Shadow of War - OverlordMiddle-earth: Shadow of War - Overlord

The presented footage shows a later stage of the game with a lot of new combat animations and some interesting looking skills. 

Shadow of War may very well benefit from the straightforward way Monolith has decided to design the sequel. A little more complexity, some streamlining and a few big new features, "here is more of the stuff you already liked, just a little improved".