Invade Other Player’s Game for an Online Takeover in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

It’s like multiplayer – but not. Though Middle-Earth: Shadow of War isn’t a multiplayer title, it will have a multiplayer-esque aspect to it similar to that of the base infiltrations seen in MGS Phantom Pain. It was recently revealed that Shadow of War will feature a ranked online mode that enables a player to invade another player’s captured fortress and make make it their own.

The ranked online aspect of Shadow of War will be called Social Conquest. How this mode will work is a player will need to first initiate the invasion by taking out all of the defensible Orcs. Once past the defenses, the fortress can be claimed, customized, and fortified. Upgrades will also be available to prevent karma from rearing its head and another player taking over. The rinse, lather, and repeat portion of Social Conquest can only be obtained once a fortress has been posted online.

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Social Conquest will also have two modes available:

  • Friendly Quests – attackers retain all followers after combat
  • Ranked Conquests – Ability to escalate up the leaderboards at the risk of losing all followers permanently

Spoils of War (accumulated points to earn chests) and specific loot crates will be among the rewards of Social Conquest as well as new followers and random item drops to enhance the overall gameplay experience.

For those that have played Shadow of War’s predecessor, Shadow of Mordor, Vendetta Missions are making a comeback and provide access to Vendetta loot chests. When a player is avenged, they will also receive Spoils of War giving both the avenger and the avengee incentive to participate. Both Social Conquests and Vendetta Missions are accessible through a specific instance in Mordor making this aspect of the game completely voluntary.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this October 10th. We’ve gotten a look at the uncomfortably sexy Shelob, a closer look at the voluntary microtransactions, and more with the upcoming title – are you excited to play the sequel to the highly acclaimed Shadow of Mordor? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

Liana Ruppert578 Posts

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.


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