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Middle-earth: Shadow of War free updates have arrived

Middle-earth: Shadow of War free updates have arrived

By Sam Jones

Middle-earth: Shadow of War free updates have arrived

By Sam Jones - 17th Jul 2018

What are the new game improvements and content for the action RPG

Middle-earth: Shadow of War free updates have arrived

Big changes have arrived in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, with a few enhancements and a big removal from one of the game's core systems.

The game, set between the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, sees protagonist Talion and Elven spirit Celebrimbor continue on their quest to rid the world of Sauron and his dark dominions.

Publisher Warner Bros has said that the enhancements and upgrades made to the 2017-released, open-world game will "provide existing players and newcomers with the best gameplay experience".

So, here are the key changes you'll see in Shadow of War.

Removal of the 'Market'

Removal of the 'Market'

As reported in April, the market and microtransactions have been completely removed from Shadow of War. Any Orcs recruited via Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customize your personal Orc army.

Changes made to Shadow Wars

Changes made to Shadow Wars

Now called 'Epilogue', the post-campaign has been vastly streamlined to include new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king and Dark Talion. Victory in the Epilogue rewards players with the Masks of the Nazgul, unlocks powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summons more powerful monsters.

Players also have the option to continue upgrading and defending their fortresses, as well as their army in Mordor, after the final credits conclude.

Character customization

Character customization

The level cap for followers has been increased to 80, with the enemy Captain level cap now increased to 85. Plus, players can level up faster with greater XP rewards for Nemesis Missions, defeating Captains and Online Conquests. New Prestige Skills are available and offer incremental upgrades to skills.

Players can also spend Mirian to upgrade gear to current levels by completing the upgrade challenge - these gear upgrades now allow players to re-roll abilities for the perfect combo.

Nemesis improvements

Nemesis improvements

Players will encounter more Legendary Orcs, as well as more ways to get Training Orders/Legendary Training Orders. Followers can now surprise players with the occasional gift.

Plus, if any followers are too keen to help out and have been stealing kills, there is now the option to turn off the Savior feature in the menu.

New player skins

New player skins

Look the part! Players can now take the fight to Sauron as Celebrimbor - reliving the first War for Mordor - or battle as Dark Eltariel and Baranor.

Haven't played the game yet? Grab your Middle-earth: Shadow of War Steam key now from the Fanatical Store.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War free updates have arrived

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