Warner Bros and Monolith Studios announced the full details for Middle Earth: Shadow of War season pass today along with their release dates. Those who purchase it will get access to four different packs, including two story expansions.
Those looking for the story expansions will have to wait a bit longer, as the Orc Tribe expansions will be coming first. The Slaughter Tribe expansion will be released first in November, followed by the Outlaw Tribe expansion in December. The story expansions will begin in February 2018 with the Blade of Galadriel expansion, and the final pack – Desolation of Mordor – will be released in May 2018.
The full details of each pack are included below:
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.
- Available November 2017.
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).
- Available December 2017.
Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
- 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.
- Available February 2018.
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.
- Available May 2018.
This is a very hefty season pass in terms of content. The pass will cost you $39.99, and each pass is available individually as well. As you can tell, you just don’t get new orcs scattered throughout the game with the first two packs. There are new areas to explore, new Captains, new Warchiefs and Overlords. Each tribe also has an additional fortress you can take over.
The Desolation of Mordor expansion lets us use Baranor, whom we assist throughout the main story campaign. Baranor is a human with no magical abilities, so we’ll need to address our approach tactics with this one. Not only do we get new stories and orcs, but also new gear, followers, skins and more as part of the pass. If you haven’t picked up Middle Earth: Shadow of War yet, I suggest you do so. It’s an incredible game, and this is one of the most in-depth season passes I’ve seen yet.