Shadow Of War: Free Content, Slaughter Tribe DLC Out Now

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A mix of free and paid content is headed to Middle-earth: Shadow of War this week. The new Slaughter Tribe isn’t the DLC diehard fans are most excited about -- that honor belongs to the Eltariel expansion coming in 2018 -- but it does pair well with other new additions if you’re looking to wring a few more hours of Talion’s latest adventure.

Earlier this month, WB Interactive and Monolith announced a slate of free additions for Shadow of War, from new game modes to expanded difficulty options, and the first wave of that content hits PC and consoles this week. An enhanced Photo Mode is now available in-game, featuring new camera filters, frames and textures. There are also two new activities, Rebellion and Endless Siege. The former lets Talion extinguish uprisings within his own army, while the latter lets you see how long they can defend a keep from a neverending stream of Sauron’s forces.

The premium Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion also debuted on Tuesday. It’s surprisingly expensive ($14.99), given that the DLC doesn’t expand upon the main story, but there’s an unexpected amount of new content in the Shadow of War add-on. The Slaughter tribe has its own unique look, like the rest of the game’s factions, including unique armor and fortress decor. The Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion also introduces new Nemesis missions, providing a handful of additional scenarios for Talion to influence/interrupt during his adventure.

Here’s all the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion content listed in WB’s press release:

  • Tribal Showdowns – New missions allowing players to face down Captains from the Slaughter tribe, with each showdown bringing unique challenges to complete.

  • Tribal War Bands – Aid your ally and defeat your nemesis when facing off in the new Tribal War Bands quests as Captains from the Slaughter tribe bring their own forces to clash in battle.

  • New Fortress Theme – Fortresses can now be commanded by and embody the characteristics of the Slaughter tribe, including themed monuments, outposts and Overlord throne room.

  • Legendary Gear Set – Hunt down Legendary Slaughter tribe Orcs for a new Legendary gear set with additional upgrade challenges.

  • Blood Ambush – Repel Captains from the Slaughter tribe as a succession of Orcs stage an ambush in true Slaughter tribe fashion.

For a quick look at the Slaughter tribe, check out the new Middle-earth: Shadow of War trailer published on Tuesday morning. Then head down to the comments and let us know what you think of the new content coming to Shadow of War this week.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Shadow Of War Players Will Tell Better Stories Than The Game
And the next chapter of Talion and Celebrimbor’s story was pretty underwhelming. But the stories people tell about their Nemesis encounters, which are more chaotic than ever before, will undoubtedly shape public opinion more than any criticism Shadow of War garners along the way.
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  • Most of the narrative content is just plain boring
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