An iconic The Lord of the Rings villain is getting a makeover for the video game Middle Earth: Shadow of War, as revealed in a new trailer that debuted at San Deigo Comic Con 2017. The upcoming Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment video game is a follow-up to 2014’s Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which garnered praise from critics and audiences and was awarded over 50 Game of the Year awards.
The sequel – which will be hitting stores October 10, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – will continue the story of the ranger Talion who shares his body with the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor as they use one of the Rings of Power to create an army to fight against Sauron and the Nazgûl. Talion has forged a new Ring of Power, which Celebrimbor believes can be wielded to become a powerful king instead of a Dark Lord. Talion, who is less interested in power, believes in the cause and agrees to help.
A new trailer that debuted at the SDCC panel for Shadow of War reveals another classic Lord of the Rings villain Talion is going to come face-to-face with as he tries to stop Sauron: Shelob. Take a look at the trailer above.
Yes, Shelob the Great Spider is back in Shadow of War shown enticing Talion with visions of what may come to pass. Only this time she’s not the giant, hairy arachnid from Peter Jackson’s The Return of the King, but a beautiful woman in a black dress trying to lure Talion into her clutches and causing tension between him and his other half Celebrimbor. We get a brief glimpse of the more menacing form we’re familiar with in the films, but for most of the trailer Shelob presents herself as a human.
The villain has a mysterious backstory in author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original works on Middle Earth. However, this is the first portrayal of Shelob that is able to take human form, which should be interesting considering the character never speaks in either the books or the films.
We also get some new interesting plot details from the trailer regarding Celebrimor, with Shelob claiming at the end of the trailer that, “you and Sauron are one“, which goes along with Tolkien’s original backstory of Celebrimor being manipulated by Sauron into forging the Rings of Power, setting off the chain of events that creates the central conflict in The Lord of the Rings.
This also creates a conflict for Talion: who can he really trust? Shelob, whose visions may be the key to stopping Sauron, or Celebrimor, who may be more under the influence of Sauron than he thinks? Although we know that Shelob is probably up to no good, it’s going to be interesting watching Talion battle with the decision of whether to trust her or not.
Middle-earth: Shadows of War becomes available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows (via Steam) and the “Play Anywhere” program for Windows 10 (with the Xbox One version) in the U.S. starting October 10, 2017.
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