Fans of the Lord of the Rings world wanting a new video game to play have to wait until October for Middle-earth: Shadow of War to land for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Ahead of that official launch, a new video has landed that shows a cool endgame mission type that has players defending the fortresses they won while conquering all of Mordor in the main game.
The special end-game missions start after the main story ends and sees Sauron's army counter-assaulting Talion as they attack different regions in an attempt to get the fortresses the player has taken back. Reports indicate that assaults from the opposing force get progressively harder as time goes by and that the assaults are in stages. The challenge for players in Shadow of War is to hold capture points until the attacking warchiefs are killed or conquered.
Players able to kill or conquer will get to keep the fortress, but failure to kill or conquer all warchiefs results in players having to fight the battle again. Players may also be faced with a mission that sees them saving an Orc who was designated Overlord of the fortress before the end of the mission. Details offered up by Eurogamer suggest that the ending of Shadow of War ties the plot into the Lord of the Rings world.
The catch is that you have to successfully complete all of the Shadow of War mini-campaigns to see the game's true and final ending. This robust end-game is very good news for gamers who were angry at the weak endgame in Shadow of Mordor. While the beefy endgame of Shadow of War is great news, many gamers looking forward to the game were disappointed when it was announced last week that the game would feature microtransactions.
These microtransactions will take place in a store called The Market. Players will be able to buy loot chests, war chests, XP boosts, and other bundles. The microtransactions are part of the Nemesis system operated by Shadow of War developer Monolith. Monolith said when announcing the microtransactions, "An important aspect of the Nemesis System now comes in forging, customizing, and leading your own army of unique Orc followers against the fortresses of Mordor. There are different ways to do this, including dominating Orcs by exploring the vast open-world and encountering them as part of Orc society, or players can acquire Orcs and other items through the Market (in-game store)."