VideoGame News: First Gameplay Trailer for Middle Earth Shadow of War

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed the first gameplay footage of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

This Gameplay Walkthrough introduces viewers to the next generation of the innovative Nemesis System with the addition of Nemesis Fortresses, where players must utilise different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and forge their personalised Orc army. In this video, Talion and Celebrimbor, who return as the Bright Lord, must lead a fortress assault on the mountain valley of Seregost and take it from one of Sauron’s Overlords. To succeed, they will use the power of the New Ring to recruit Followers during enemy encounters—a new mechanic allowing gamers to establish entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. This Gameplay Walkthrough is just one of the millions of possibilities that players will experience in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be available for Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 PC (Windows Store and Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro beginning 25 August, 2017.

The Hobbit News: New Trailer Takes You on a Trip through the Saga

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With the final chapter of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy coming this December with ‘The Battle of The Five Armies’, a new trailer has been released that takes us on a nostalgic journey all through the Tolkien Saga Jackson has put on the big screen. Looking at all the great moments from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, it is a monument to see just what this final chapter will mean to those involved with the films, New Zealand, Peter Jackson himself and us the fans when this last chapter closes the Tolkien books for the last time:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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Peter Jackson News: Billy Boyd sings ‘Last Goodbye’ To Mark End of Saga

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With the release of the final chapter in the Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’ with ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ in December, a very special musical tribute has been released to mark the conclusion of the entire Tolkien Saga of filming both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. Sung and performed by Billy Boyd, who played the role of Pippin in the Lord of The Rings, ‘Last Goodbye’ is a tribute the films:

It is a beautiful song that is as much a good bye to New Zealand, to all the actors and crew who helped make ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ but it also feels like a personal thank you and goodbye to all the fans who have followed the films both in the cinema and  at home. A very fitting tribute.

The Hobbit News: New Banner Poster Released for ‘Five Armies’

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Warner Bros have released a large banner poster for the third and final chapter of the Peter Jackson ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’. Releasing this December, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ is the big finish to the big screen adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’ and this new Banner poster shows beautifully what this chapter means to the characters involved.

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With the banner split up you have some amazing visuals showing off the stages for the characters we have followed ever since Gandalf first paid the young Bilbo Baggins a visit in The Shire:

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The Hobbit News: First full ‘Teaser Trailer’ Released

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It was announced during the panel for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ that the first trailer for the film will be released today, and so it has:

Peter Jackson spoke at the panel and has said that this final chapter is his favourite of the run, saying:

“By the time we are done with this film, I think it will be the most emotional, the most tense of the three – I think it’s my favorite of the three. Seriously, it’s got a nice thrill and a pace to it. It’s something that, when you get to the end of it, it’s going to feel like the right time to hand over the future of the ring.

I was always very much aware of it being a six film set. There was always a sense that one day, long after all this is over, if it’s going to exist in the world it will be as this six film series – that’s how future generations are going to think of them. It starts with The Unexpected Journey and ends with Return of the King”.

Source – Dark Horizons

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First Poster for ‘The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies’ Released

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The first poster for the third and final chapter in the Peter Jackson ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ has been released today. It shows a scene which follows on from the climatic ending to “Desolation of Smaug” which saw a very angry dragon looking to seek revenge for the Dwarf’s attack by attacking Lake town with the solitary figure of Bard the Bowman standing to fight.

Peter Jackson Changes Title of Third ‘The Hobbit’ Film

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Film Director Peter Jackson has used his Facebook page to announce that a decision has been made to change the title of the third and final film of his ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy from ‘There and Back Again’ to “The Battle of the Five Armies”.

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

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Whilst the logic behind the change in title is sound, and the reports that the final complete boxset for The Hobbit will be called “There and Back Again”, I can’t say that “The Battle of The Five Armies” is all that…Hobbity. When the decision was made to make the book into three films instead of two, they had to create the title for the second Film “The Desolation of Smaug” so making up a new title for the final chapter makes sense as well, although fans have already used the posting to comment on their dislike for the way in which Jackson and his writing team have changed and just added completely new scenes and characters for The Hobbit which do not appear in the original book.

As a fan I really have enjoyed both his Hobbit films. I had to rewatch the first film, ‘An Unexpected Journey’ on Bluray before I began to like it. In the Cinema it felt overly long and was not convinced by Martin Freeman’s portrayal of a young Bilbo. ‘Desolation of Smaug’ was more enjoyable in the cinema, but seeing characters who did not feature in the original book suddenly appearing in whole new written scenes was annoying but then it is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the story, and real fans should also take the time to read the Tolkien story as per the book then just taking the films as the only version they need to know.

I am waiting to get the Extended versions in the complete boxset once released, and see them as Jackson originally intended. But this change in name has a sound logical reason, even if it will give fans not all that pleased with the film series another reason to be unhappy.