New Shadow Of War Trailer Explains Shelob's Role In Middle-earth Sequel

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A new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War debuted at San Diego Comic-Con -- bringing it one step closer to being a full-blown gaming show -- and the video confirms Shelob will feature heavily in the upcoming sequel to Shadow of Mordor. Just not in the form you remember.

Most of the early promotion for Shadow of War has focused on the many improvements made to the Nemesis system. We’ve seen countless keep sieges, met dozens of orc commanders and seen our fair share of grisly new executions. Monolith gave players the tools to choose both a bodyguard and a personal rival well before the Shadow of War release date. And hands-on time with the game offered a better look at the expanded skill trees and improved equipment system featured in Shadow of War . But we’ve learned almost nothing about the narrative that will play out when SoW hits PC and consoles in October. Or at least we hadn’t, prior to SDCC 2017.

The latest Shadow of War trailer from Monolith and WB Interactive finally offers some idea of what to expect from the narrative in the Shadow of Mordor sequel. It also features some surprising new abilities for Shelob, who can apparently now take (and remain in) human form. It’s great news for those of us who aren’t fond of spiders already, much less the kind that tower over humans of average height. But the news doesn’t seem nearly as good for Celebrimbor, who is noticeably distrustful of Shelob (and her willingness to assist Talion) in the trailer. It also looks like players might be forced to fight her at some point during the campaign; however, it’s always possible that the clash shown in the trailer never extend any further than its cutscene.

For more on the role Shelob will play in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, check out the trailer embedded at the top of the post. Then head down to the comments section and let us know what other iconic residents of Middle-earth you’re hoping to see in Shadow of War.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game debuts Oct.10.

Be sure to check back with Player.One and follow Scott on Twitter for additional Middle-earth: Shadow of War news in 2017 and as long as Monolith supports Shadow of War after launch.

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