SDCC Panel: Middle-Earth Shadow of War

The panel began with the story trailer which, surprise, didn’t illuminate much about the story. What is clear is that the One Ring will be integral to the story. There’s also the feeling that “war” is looming –I wonder why…

So far, the only thing that’s really been announced is the voice cast: Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick), it has been revealed, will be voicing an unlikely orc. Joining him is veteran gaming voice actor Darin De Paul (Star Wars the Old Republic, Overwatch), who sat with a panel on Thursday to demonstrate his voice for Az-Laar, the troll. Other voices announced include Laura Bailey (Gears of War 4 and the new Spider-Man TV show), the ever-present Troy Baker (The Last of Us,  Bioshock Infinite) returning to voice Talion (shocker).

A new trailer features Shelob, voiced by Pollyanna McIntosh of The Walking Dead, who seems to be one of those characters that unsurprisingly turns out to be a bad guy, but the protagonist listens to them anyway. You know, the one that tries to convince you that your ally is really your enemy, and you’re not fooled for a second but the protagonist is. Well, whatever; we’ll see. Check it our for yourselves:

From previously released game-play footage, we know that Shadow of War will be the Shadow of Mordor we all wanted: one where we can build custom armies with which to raid other armies, and mount flying dragons. Having said that, I remember the hype surrounding Shadow of Mordor, and although it was a great game, there was a lot left to be desired. But if, once again, Monolith fails to really hit that level of orc-conquering power-mongering that would make for boisterous, interactive, war-like battles, at least we know that this time there will be plenty of orc limbs flying around.

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