New Middle-earth: Shadow of War trailer shows off the lighter side of Lord of the Rings

Matt Sayer 31 July 2017 NEWS


Apparently Orcs get stage-fright, too.

For as brilliant as 2014's brutal Orc-evisceration simulator Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was, its sense of humour was somewhat lacking. The Lord of the Rings spin-off treated its source material with total reverence, even going so far as to detail the intricate connections between the game's plot and Tolkien's books in the item descriptions for its collectible Artifacts.

For the game's upcoming sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, it seems developer Monolith Productions has decided to dial back the grimdark tone of Tolkien's fantasy universe and inject some levity into the world of Orcs and Elves. Following on from the reveal of the back-talking Orc Bruz at E3 2017--voiced by an Aussie, no less--publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a new trailer showing off more of the sass players can expect from their green-skinned nemeses later this year.

The trailer features the vocal talents of Kumail Nanjiani, the stand-up comedian best known for his roles as Dinesh Chugtai in Silicon Valley and Prismo in Adventure Time. In Shadow of War, Nanjiani gives life to The Agonizer, a quirky Orc who appears to be having trouble fully committing to the mindless bloodlust his race is feared for. Nanjiani's irreverent quips give The Agonizer an undeniably distinct personality, though we do have to wonder whether that'll prove jarring against the self-seriousness of the rest of the Lord of the Rings universe.

At any rate, the game itself is looking as beautifully gory as ever, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on it when it hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 10 October.

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