‘Shadow of War’ among video games slated for October release


October is a thrilling month for the gaming community, with many heavily anticipated new titles and new entries to prominent franchises slated for release. Most notably, fans of Assassin’s Creed and Wolfenstein will finally gain access to the series’ most recent entries, while “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” will finally get a sequel. To top that off, PAX Australia, a series of gaming festivals, will take place on Oct. 27.

The 2014 release of “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” was received with a lot of critical acclaim, receiving over 50 Game of the Year awards and high ratings on GameSpot, IGN and steam. Following a three-year wait, gaming developer Monolith Productions is finally releasing the game’s sequel, “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.”

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” will directly follow “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” narrative, following the protagonists Talion and Celebrimbor, the elven spirit who shares control of Talion’s body.

“To save Middle-earth, you will be traveling behind enemy lines and using a new ring of power to forge an army and conquer Mordor again,” a trailer on the game’s website states.

Each region that the player can conquer features its own environment. The overlords featured in the game all require different strategies to take down. Also, each save will result in a different, randomized set of enemies that the character will have to face, meaning that the same battle scene will be different for each player, and during each playthrough.

The game will be released on Oct. 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Oct. 27 will mark the release of two major titles, including “Assassin’s Creed Origins” and “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” both of which will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

In the past, Ubisoft released at least one Assassin’s Creed title per year. Following the release of the last title, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” the studio decided to take a two-year break in order to concentrate on the quality of the game. The studio took the time to improve the gameplay mechanics and create a more enticing storyline that would make up for the many faults players found with previous titles, particularly “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” which still dealt with major graphic issues months after release.

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” will take place in Ancient Egypt during the rule of Cleopatra. The protagonist, Bayek, is an assassin at a time when the order was still asked its members to sacrifice their ring finger in order to use the hidden blade, the game’s most popular weapon. Unlike in the previous installments, the game will come with no flashy additions, like the hook blade or a gun. The other weapons that will be available include bows, swords and heavy weapons.

Furthermore, the developer claims that the game will feature a completely new combat system, forcing players to make many tactical decisions before they even attack their enemies. It will no longer be possible to simply hit the attack button and hope for the best, and using the same strategy will not always result in the foe being defeated.

Game Informer also pointed out that players will be encouraged to take on enemies one by one. If they choose to avoid one battle, they may have to face those same enemies as reinforcements in the subsequent battle.

The player will follow the protagonist as he journeys across Ancient Egypt to uncover a certain mystery. In the process, he will witness and help bring about theAssassin Brotherhood. Like in the previous games, the title will also feature a modern-day storyline.

“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” is a sequel to 2014’s “Wolfenstein: The New Order.” “The New Colossus” directly follows the events of the first game. Set in 1961, the game follows protagonist William “B.J.” Blazkowicz as the resistance attempts to start a Second American Revolution against the Nazi Regime.

The game’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3,  release trailer starts by showing a scene of a young girl on her way home with a large bag of groceries. On her way, she comes across a police officer trying to rescue a man that is stuck under a car. She blows her whistle and after about five seconds, an oversized mechanical dog comes to the rescue, pushing the car off the man. He later starts misbehaving and sets the car on fire, but the girl scolds him and the dog begins scowling.

The TV channel then switches, first to a teenager scolding his younger brother for not taking care of his health, then to a show called “German… or else.” Eventually the trailer zooms out of the TV, showing a trail of bodies in what appears to be an open bunker.

The trailer does a good job placing the player in the world that they will have to live in over the course of the game. The game will once again allow players to kill technologically advanced Nazis, this time in the Nazi-controlled United States. In the trailer, the Ku Klux Klan is seen freely roaming the streets, and U.S. citizens are living in a constant state of fear. “The New Colossus” will also be released for Nintendo Switch in 2018, but the exact release date is still unknown. Though the game was already released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, “Destiny 2” will finally see its PC release on Oct. 24.

Lastly, PAX Australia will take place in Melbourne, Australia from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.

While the gaming community does not anticipate any major announcements to take place during the convention, the leaders make up for this by organizing multiple panels, tournaments and performances. The opening speech this year will be delivered by Michael “Burnie” Burns, creator of “Red vs. Blue” and “Lazer Team.” The Omegathon, the convention’s most prominent tournament, takes place over the course of three days and features 20 competitors, or Omeganauts. All events will be streamed on Twitch.