Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is (at least in theory) set in the same world as the rest of the Lord of the Rings saga. And with the new live action commercial, the game is getting a cinematic adaptation to match Peter Jackson’s iconic films of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.
…Live action trailers are increasingly becoming popular in the gaming industry, too — just last month we saw a big Destiny 2 trailer, and Bethesda has also released cinematic trailers for Dishonored 2, Fallout 4, and Skyrim. And while none of these commercials show actual gameplay footage by virtue of the fact that they are live action, the idea of showing what it feels like to be in the game seems to be becoming almost as important as the game itself.
The new commercial was directed by Neil Huxley, who previously worked on films like Watchmen and Avatar as an effects artist before transitioning to directing his own work. The shoot was a fairly large responsibility — Huxley is the first director to handle a live action Tolkien adaptation since Peter Jackson took the director’s chair for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. As Huxley tells it, a constant mantra of his on set was to make sure that the final result looked as good, if not better, than the existing live-action Lord of the Rings work.
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