Since launch, Middle-earth: Shadow of War has received its fair share of criticism for its somewhat heavy-handed approach to loot boxes and microtransactions, and now fans are being asked to pony up even more cash. Thankfully, the newly-detailed Shadow of War Expansion Pass looks to be fairly substantial, adding two new orc tribes and a couple story expansions that give players a chance kill orcs with new characters. Is the Shadow of War Expansion Pass worth Warner Bros. Interactive’s $40 asking price? Check out the trailer below, and judge for yourself.
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Here’s everything included in the Shadow of War Expansion pass:
Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
- The gruesome Slaughter tribe invades Mordor introducing new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tribal showdowns and fierce battles, brought to life through the Nemesis System.
- New Slaughter tribe fortress with Overlord throne room, monuments and outposts.
- Players can hunt down Legendary Slaughter tribe Orcs for a new Legendary gear set with additional upgrade challenges.
- Slaughter Orcs are the most bloodthirsty in Mordor, capable of ambushing players at any point, creating a deadly new challenge for players.
Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
- The proud Outlaw tribe arise within Mordor introducing new missions, Epic and Legendary Orcs, tribal showdowns and intense battles, brought to life through the Nemesis System.
- New Outlaw tribe fortress with Overlord throne room, monuments and outposts.
- Players can hunt down Legendary Outlaw tribe Orcs for a new Legendary gear set with additional upgrade challenges.
- The Outlaw tribe is home to the most rebellious warriors in Orc society, outcasts who have a deep contempt of all those who would rule them, be they foreign invaders or Lords of Mordor (whether Dark or Bright).
Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
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- Play as Eltariel, an elite assassin known as the Blade of Galadriel, and go head-to-head with the newest addition to the ranks of the Nazgûl.
- Wield Eltariel’s dual Elven blades and harness the Light of Galadriel with a host of deadly new combat abilities, skills and gear.
- Encounter memorable new Nemesis characters, such as Flint and Tinder and the Slayer of the Dead, while battling the Nazgûl and learning more mysteries of their past.
- Gain eight unique Legendary Orcs who can return to join your forces in the main story campaign with new abilities added to the Nemesis System.
- Unlockable Eltariel character skin for the main story campaign.
Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
- Play as Baranor, the Captain of Minas Ithil and survivor of the city’s demise, in a new story expansion where players will command the forces of Man against a new Orc threat to the East.
- Unite with Torvin, the Dwarven Hunter, to craft powerful new combat gear, including the shield, gauntlet, chain and glider.
- Hire mercenaries to create a human army and conquer the all new desert region of Lithlad.
- Fight to survive in Mordor as a human without the power of a Ring or a wraith to cheat death in a new rogue-like campaign mode.
- Unlockable Baranor character skin for the main story campaign.
Don’t feel like dropping $40 on the full expansion pass? The Slaughter Tribe, Outlaw Tribe, and Blade of Galadriel expansions can be purchased à la carte for $15. The Desolation of Mordor will cost $20 on its own. You’ll be able to play the Slaughter Tribe expansion this November, Outlaw Tribe in December, Blade of Galadriel in February 2018, and Desolation of Mordor in May 2018. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
What do you think? Do you find the Shadow of War Expansion Pass enticing, or has this game already asked for too much of your time and money?