"Middle-Earth: Shadow of War" is set to be released this coming Tuesday, October 10, 2017. This upcoming action role-playing video game is developed by Monolith Productions and is published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is based on J. R. R. Tolkien's literary works and acts as a sequel to "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor." Like its predecessor, "Middle-earth: Shadow of War" takes place between the events of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings.' It features protagonist Talion and the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor.

The game maintains the "Nemesis System" established in "Shadow of Mordor," which allows players to gain followers from the many races of Middle Earth, including those native to Mordor.

Players can then use their influence on those that are adherent to Talion's cause in executing game plans and tactics to aid them in some of the most complicated missions in the game.

Though "Shadow of War" brought its own original flavor to the action role-playing genre through its Nemesis System, many have accused developer Monolith Productions of ripping-off Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed." Its stealth and combat movement are unmistakably similar to that of Ubisoft's league of assassins. Monolith Productions seems to have embraced these comparisons and took a positive approach to these accusations. "Shadow of War" game devs inserted a shameless Easter Egg as a reference to "Assassin's Creed."

Easter Egg

Easter eggs have been widely used by programmers and developers as a means of throwing in an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature.

In video games, Easter eggs are commonly used as a reference to other forms of media from which the game drew inspiration.

In the video below, one can see or rather hear a conversation between two Orcs. Players will hear an Orc say "I'm an assassin," and get “We’re all assassins, it’s like a creed!” as a reply.

"Assassin's Creed" has been known to have had several tie-ups with other video game titles like the famed "Assassin's Festival" featured in "Final Fantasy XV." Fans could only hope that Monolith and Ubisoft would strike a friendly deal as crossovers are becoming more of a trend in video games nowadays.

Getting ready

Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is getting ready for the much-awaited release of "Middle-earth: Shadow of War," and the game developers and publishers hope to build up the hype as they released a mobile phone game of the same title. It is a free-to-play strategy RPG that features Gandalf, Gimli and the new version of Shelob, as well as protagonists Talion and Celebrimbor. The game is now available for iOS and Android devices.