Because you would be forgiven for confusing this title with Rocksteady’s awesome Arkham games, especially given the exceptional combat gameplay previously shown. But this recent trailer, which reveals Talion’s mysterious wraith entity to be elven super-smith Celebrimbor, firmly cements this one as Lord of the Rings lore.
Basically, the ghost of an awesome Elf blacksmith who made the titular Rings of Power has bound with the murdered corpse of Gondor ranger Talion (voiced by industry vet, Troy Baker) in a last ditch attempt to stop that evil git Sauron from being such an evil git.
He/They/It will manage this by dominating Orc captains via Celebrimbor’s ethereal influence and tasking them with infiltrating, duelling, assassinating and generally running riot all over The Dark Lord’s growing army. Also, decapitation. Coz why not!
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s release date was recently moved forward. It will now drop for PS4, PS3, XBone and 360 on September 30th 2014.