Middle Earth: Shadow of War has a trash-talking nerdy orc nemesis

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Middle Earth: Shadow of War will have the nemesis system from the previous game, and the first nemesis that Warner Bros. Interactive has revealed is The Agonizer, voiced by Kumail Nanjiani. The catch is that while The Agonizer is an orc, he's also a dorky, insecure orc who overthinks everything and wants desperately to be badass just like his orc brethren, but he can never quite stick the landing. After viewing the trailer below, I feel like I'll find a lot to relate to in The Agonizer when Shadow of War launches on October 10th.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a new video for Middle-earth: Shadow of War featuring Kumail Nanjiani (The Big SickSilicon Valley), who portrays The Agonizer, a spirited yet deadly Orc enemy, who is just one of the numerous personalities players may encounter through the Nemesis System in the upcoming open-world action video game.

First revealed at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the video provides a first look at Nanjiani’s Orc character delivering a variety of humorous one-liners that players may come across throughout their game experience. Viewers are also treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Nanjiani’s voice recording session, where he provides additional insight on his preparation for the role.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsMiddle-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, all brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System.

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