It’s not like it’s a new release, but the draw of Middle-earth and the power of Shadow of War has today seen Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment today deliver a new update for the game – one that brings improvements galore… for free.

From today, Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Xbox One, PS4 and PC will be hit with a host of new enhancements and content, all in order to provide both existing players and newcomers alike with the very best gameplay experience.

This brings together many different elements, including a richer campaign experience, streamlined post-game Epilogue, new player skins and Legendary gear, along with the removal of the market, in addition to hundreds of other improvements. The main additions include:

  • Removal of the Market: The market and microtransactions have been completely removed from Shadow of War™. Orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customise your personal Orc army.
  • Changes to the Shadow Wars: Renamed the 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 Nazgûl, unlocks powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summons more powerful monsters. And players also have the option to continue upgrading and defending their fortresses and army in Mordor after the final credits conclude.
  • More Ways to Customise & Build Your Character: The follower level cap has now been increased to 80 and the enemy Captain level cap has been 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, and these gear upgrades now allow players to re-roll abilities for the perfect combo.
  • Nemesis Improvements: There are more Legendary Orcs to encounter, more ways to get Training Orders (incl. Legendary Training Orders) and followers can now surprise players with the occasional gift. And if any followers are too keen to help out and have been stealing kills, there is now the option to turn off the Saviour feature in the menu.
  • New Player Skins: Players can now take the fight to Sauron as Celebrimbor, reliving the first War for Mordor, or battle as Dark Eltariel and Baranor.

If you’re a Shadow of War veteran, or one who is totally new to Middle-earth, then you should find this update rolling out about now. The game is available to play on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as this open-world RPG continues the original narrative found in Shadow of Mordor.

For more info, you could do worse than check out our full review.

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