Just under three weeks ago, WB Games announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War would receive five free updates before the end of the year. Scenarios in Endless Siege and Rebellion arrived on November 21, alongside its Enhanced Photo Mode. Today marks the arrival of Online Fight Pits—Gladiator-esque combat arenas wherein players can train their followers.
Cue rivers of blood, tortured screams and the occasional flash of dismemberment. Meet Ar-Gul the Merciless:
“This may be the reigning champ,” says the narrator-cum-ring announcer above. “He’s risen through another player’s army, gaining potentially profitable new skills and stats each and every pit victory. He’s bloody, he’s hungry, through the Slaughter Tribe: Ar-Gul the merciless.”
Ar-Gul travels to toe-to-toe with Bork the Destroyer there, however, when you’re playing online perhaps it is any orc by other name (with the exception of Mozû the Blight—as Tim will explain, that asshole orc is dead).
“Online Fight Pits allow players to train up their Orc followers by pitting them against Uruks and Ologs from other gamers’ armies throughout the world,” so says WB Games from a statement. “Through this ultimate struggle to the death in the arena, players can earn powerful rewards and upgrades which can be used to increase their army and continue the battle for Mordor. “
Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s Online Fight Pits update is obtainable free-of-charge today. Here’s our writeup on the game.