Middle-earth: Shadow of War will introduce a playable female character in its DLC. Warner Bros. Interactive and developer Monolith Productions revealed the games first downloadable content pack at E3 2017.
Its predecessor Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor also added a female protagonist with its Power of Defiance update.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Playable Female Character Revealed
Middle-earth: Shadow of War focuses on the story of Talion and Celebrimbor as they assemble an army to take on Sauron and other devilish enemies. However, the game’s Blade of Galadriel DLC will give players a chance to assume the role a female Elf assassin named Eltariel.
Monolith executive Michael de Plater explained during the PC Gaming Show that Eltariel has been sent to Mordor “to hunt down the Nazgul, and hunt down anyone corrupted by a Ring of Power.” A trailer for the content explains that the female assassin has killed Talion to see if he would be able to survive it. She wants to know what it’s like and if Talion feels pain and suffering from it.
Talion and Celebrimbor crafted a wing and the “Nazgul will be attracted” to its power, Eltariel points out. “We cannot let it fall into Sauron’s hands,” explains the spirit of the elf lord and so the three Middle-earth: Shadow of War characters vow to work together.
Unlike Shadow of Mordor‘s female character DLC, which was free, it looks as though the Blade of Galadriel will be paid for. Shadow of War‘s paid-for season pass details four expansions and it seems unlikely that Monolith nor Warner Bros. will make them free.
For fans who enjoyed the freebie in the first game and are eager to play a Middle-earth game that primarily focuses on a female lead, this will be disappointing. Premium DLC that introduces playable female characters are nothing new, with Battlefield 1‘s upcoming DLC pack doing the same, but it’s a trend that players are finding increasingly frustrating, asking why they should have to pay more for the privilege of playing as someone who looks a bit more like them.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released on October 10 for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It is unclear when the Blade of Galadriel DLC will be made available.
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