Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s Desolation of Mordor expansion gets a video teaser

Later this month, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be getting its final piece of paid DLC content, a story expansion titled Desolation of Mordor that will star the base game’s side-character Baranor. In order to hype up the expansion’s release, publisher Warner Bros. has released a brief video teaser that hints at the stakes behind Baranor’s quest.

The video teaser offers a preview of the expansion’s opening cinematic, showing Baranor as he embarks on a new mission to liberate a fortress called Shindrâm from Orc forces. To do so, Baranor seeks the aid of Eastern mercenaries, only to discover that those same mercenaries are being led by his long lost brother Serka. While he’s not shown in the video teaser, Desolation of Mordor will also see the return of Torvin, the dwarf hunter whom players befriended in Shadow of War’s predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Desolation of Mordor will play differently from the base Shadow of War experience and the previously released Blade of Galadriel expansion. Since Baranor doesn’t have access to a ring of power, he’ll have to rely on his non-supernatural combat abilities as he raises an army of human mercenaries to lay siege to the brand new explorable region of Lithlad. Developer Monolith Productions has confirmed that Desolation of Mordor will also feature a rogue-like story campaign, though how exactly those rogue-like elements will function remains to be seen.

The Desolation of Mordor expansion will launch on May 18 and is included in Shadow of War’s $39.99 Expansion Pass along with the Blade of Galadriel expansion and the Outlaw Tribe and Slaughter Tribe Nemesis expansions. Players who only want to partake in the two story expansions can instead purchase the $24.99 Story Expansion Pass. Along with all its paid DLC, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will also soon be getting a substantial (and free) update on July 17 that, among others things, will remove the game’s microtransactions.