Is there anything more menacing than Shadow of Mordor's grisly assortment of orcs and uruks—especially the ones that nobody knows how to kill? Well, how about one such grisly uruk riding into battle on top of an acid-vomiting ogre?
That's the new kind of orc-killing Middle-Earth fans will get once Shadow of Mordor's first DLC pack arrives later this year. Known as "Lord of the Hunt", the expansion focuses on building out the chaotic wildlife in Monolith's excellent new open world game by adding some new monsters, a handful of epic runes, and a few extra missions with Torvin, the beefy and ambiguously sexual dwarf hunter players got to meet briefly during the original game's main story.
Shadow of Mordor developer Monolith told me over email that the "Lord of the Hunt" expansion will add two new creatures to the mix, both of which are variations on current wildlife creatures. The "wretched graug" are like regular graug, only they can spit poison at enemies. The developers describe it as "a tank with projectile vomiting and other abilities." Caragath, meanwhile, are lithe versions of the game's caragors.
"If the Caragors are Lions these guys are Panthers", a Monolith representative wrote. "Solitary and stealthy hunters." The screenshot they sent over (see above) was even titled "stealth caragor."
In addition to the two new critters, Talion will also get a new ability to control ghuls—the game's zombie like creatures that usually come out at night in large swarms. He'll be able to dominate ghuls he encounters and also summon a ghul horde on command, Monolith said.
All this new stuff sounds neat, for sure. But the part that really stands out to me is the fact that warchiefs will be able to mount their own monstrous steeds in "Lord of the Hunt". As I noted in my review last month, battling back and forth with a colourful assortment of orcs that grow and change alongside you is the best part of this new game. Giving your nemeses an extra leg up also just sounds like a welcome challenge, since most players who've reached a high enough level in Mordor will agree that Talion becomes pretty overpowered by the end of the game.
The "Lord of the Hunt" DLC will be available later this year (Monolith wouldn't say when, exactly). It can also be acquired as part of the game's season pass.