Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Is Still Dark and Scary

You may have seen the next trailer pass by during the Gamescom conferences, but as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor isn’t a first party platform, it may bear repeating. While you’re being beaten over the head with new announcements and fresh franchises, take a look at this somber clip for the Lord of the Rings title in progress.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is going to be dark, possibly darker than any previous release in the series. Hell, you technically play a dead man, only revived by the power of hatred and revenge.

In the clip, you’ll head towards the fiercest of Sauron’s Black Captains and demand they take up arms; that’s how bold you are. And these officials are more monster than men, with menacing claws and piercing eyes.

There will be little holding back in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as it goes over the topics of murder and suffering quite lightly. This is a dark world after all.

Combat may be quite in your face as well and the generals won’t go down without a struggle. Even more interesting, it’s possible for your enemies to escape combat, after which they’ll remember you for further encounters.

There’s an intriguing relationship mechanism in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, where every character in the game has its own network and memory that can affect that dynamic. So, it might be possible to encounter a wide variety of scenarios during the game.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will release for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on September 30, 2014 in North America. Europe will need to wait a few days, until October 3.