After the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War on October 10, 2017, the video game’s producers Warner Brothers, Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have announced not one, but three DLC expansions for the epic fantasy role-playing game.
In November 2017 will be the Slaughter Tribe expansion of a new Orc clan for the player to contend against the will of Sauron’s servants. The Slaughter Tribe is absolutely aggressive in their sudden ambushes of the player. Both tribes will hold control over new fortresses, and the Orcs defending them will have even better weapons and armor than others to be collected. It will cost about $15.
In December 2017 will be the Outlaw Tribe expansion. They have been described as holding a grudge against invaders from outside their lands, and the powers within Mordor their home. It will cost about $15.
In February 2018 will be the Blade of Galadriel expansion, focusing on a female elf warrior named Eltariel. As one can see in the video, she uses twin Elven blades and light magic powers called the Light of Galadriel. With this mystical arsenal, she will do battle against the Nazgul (Ringwraiths) and of course more Orcs. It will cost about $15. Eltariel is an original character created for this game.
In May 2018 will be the Desolation of Mordor expansion, where the player will control a Man named Baranor, who is the Captain of the Numenorean city-fortress of Minas Ithil (meaning “Tower of the Rising Moon”). It was founded in the Second Age by Isildur, best known as the warrior-prince who cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron. In the middle Third Age, the Witch-king of Angmar (a Nazgul) took Minas Ithil for the impending return of his Dark Lord, and it became Minas Morgul (meaning “Tower of Dark Sorcery”). In this expansion, Baranor survives this onslaught, and is tasked with taking an area of Mordor called Lithlad. It will cost about $20. Baranor is also an original character created for this game.
If players purchase a Season Pass for about $45, they will get all of the DLC expansions as they release. They can also buy the Gold Edition of the game, which costs about $120 and has the Season Pass already bundled into the purchase.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which both are inspired by the fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. They both follow original character Talion, who is a ranger who shares his body with the soul of legendary Elven smith Celebrimbor. With no more planned Middle-earth films to be produced (such as The Silmarillion), these games are great ways to entertain Tolkien fans outside the novels and films.