We’ve gotten a new look at Middle-earth: Shadow of War (via IGN), the upcoming sequel by Monolith Productions, and it’s sure to get Tolkien nerds squealing with glee.
Featured above, the new video walkthrough showcases the doomed, Gondorian city of Minas Ithil, which you can visit in the game before its total destruction.
Monolith promises that thorough research was done on the city by their team – they even hired an architect to design the city.
As the city bordered Mordor, it was almost constantly under attack or some kind of threat by Sauron. The city was overtaken during Isildur’s reign, when the original White Tree was planted. Isildur managed to escape and planted a new White Tree in Minas Tirith. Later, Minas Ithil was retaken, only to later fall to a plague, and then it was subsequently reconquered by the Witch King.
The game’s protagonist, Talion, helps fight off enemies in Minas Ithil for a time. Players will eventually see the city fall from glory, becoming the evil stronghold known as Minas Morgul.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 22nd, worldwide.