You Visit a Besieged Minas Ithil in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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.


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  • Boz

    Hmm dont remember the race called Yumins, guess it’s time for me to re-read the books again.

  • Eli Wintercross

    There isn’t as far as I know…
    And if you re-read the books you’ll realise how much the shadow of mordor games crap on the setting and lore….

    As fun as the mechanics and gameplay in the first was, the plot was a bastard that twisted the lore and crapped all over Tolkien’s world and stories

  • Eli Wintercross

    Tolkien nerds will be squealing alright, but not in glee….
    It would be more of a rage squeal…

  • sanic

    Everyone wouldn’t shut up about how great the first game was, the Nemesis system was interesting after a couple hours thing already start repeating. I’ll pass.

  • Madbrainbox

    They did the same with the movies.Is it so hard for people to respect the original work?

  • Alex Drake

    As long as the foundation wont allow anyone to adapt the silmarilion in any way whatsoever, your precious world and story are completed and over. If they didn’t do something new, we’d just infinitely rehash the original trilogy and the Hobbit. So suck it up you whiny goblins.

  • fantasywind

    Now now don’t need to be rude :) :). Most casuals may not care about the lore but the fans will always hope for more faithful representations of their favourite universe. I myself am of opinion that doing a game even with completely original story set in Middle-earth is possible even without changing the lore in the slightest, unfortunately the game developpers from the beginning tied those to the movies themselves and not the books. And since movies already made massive alterations especially The Hobbit films, then it’s simply a consequence of that (naturally there’s also case of licensing rights, only the rights to Lotr and it’s appendices, and The Hobbit stuff are available for adaptation, but both books contain enough material for several huge open world games, like say Witcher 3 or even better :), that’s my dream to finally have such a game something even in style of Elder Scrolls).

    This game franchise is a bit weird in that developpers seem to claim to try to connect with canon while in the same time doing all sorts of stuff that changes it. Being a great Tolkien nerd :) I acknowledge the problems, I don’t say it’s necessary a bad game, I mean it will probably be great. There’s enough in source material to build amazing storylines and adventures but for some reason, most of the games are too heavily relying on movies (purely book based are in minority).

    And since I brought up Witcher 3, those games were rather good adaptation of witcher books (but set up as a sort of follow up, taking place after the end of main story from novels). And I read all witcher books, so I would be pretty qualified to judge. Of course no adaptation is perfect, some are better than others. Games also have less limitations than movies so one could expect greater closeness to what Tolkien the author intended. By the way Tolkien himself could be quite critical towards adaptation of his stories, have you heard of the so called Zimmerman script for movie the plans for which were during his lifetime, in his letters Tolkien in hilarious way crushed all the stupid inventions and changes :). Tolkien was very meticulous and had great attention to detail, his storylines amazing example of intricate chains, his stories are interconnected wonderfully into a great whole, like in a great spider web, changing one changes all, so when doing any alteration one has to be careful, not because of reception of fans but because of the integrity of story itself.

  • Alex Drake

    Funny you say that yet the author of the Witcher books HATES the games

  • Eli Wintercross

    Exactly, Tolkien fans don’t generally have issues with new stories set in the universe, just take issue with blatant disregard for the structure and established rules of that universe.

    While I actually think Shadow of Mordor was great as a ‘game’ as a part of Tolkien’s world, it broke many rules.

    For one, in Tolkien’s setting, revenge was always futile and caused more harm than good.
    Also, using the enemies weapons and/or tactics against the enemy was also pointless and did more harm than good.

    Another point, Wraiths were all under the complete control of Sauron, so the idea that Celeborn could be a wraith and some how work against Sauron is stupid.

    rings of power were also dangerous to use.

    There are also minor things, like Uruks not being vastly numerous, but the lower number, elite orcs.
    Orcs hating the sunlight as well, yet in the game it doesn’t bother them one bit (Only the Uruks of Isengard could be out during the day without any issues)

  • Grampy_Bone

    Looks dope.

  • fantasywind

    Well what he said exactly Alex is that the games in his opinion are not the good story telling medium and that they can’t be viewed as official continuation of the series. But they handled the lore quite good, all three games and the expansions are full of references to books and use often expand upon things hinted in them, we meet characters from books.