Shadow of War’s executive producer passed away during the game’s production, but he’ll live on in-game, as this surprisingly soulful, decapitation-heavy trailer shows.
Mike ‘Forthog’ Fogey has been re-envisioned as Forthog Orc-Slayer, seen here saving Talion from, appropriately enough, an orc. The rest of the trailer shows him tearing through enemies, but with a greater feeling of pathos and sentimentality than you might anticipate.
The trailer ends with a message from the development team:
“Mike ‘Forthog’ Forgey was our Executive Producer and great friend here at Monolith.
We lost Mike to cancer during the development of Shadow of War and we want to remember and honor him with a little bit of immortality in Mordor.
WB Games will donate $3.50 of every Forthog Orc Slayer purchase to the Forgey family through December 31, 2019”
This applies to sales made in the US, “excluding purchases made from AL, HI, IL, MA, MS and SC”. These purchases will not be tax deductible. It’s not clear from the trailer how much Forthog will cost, but it seems his in-game function will be to show up sometimes and save you from taking a beating. Neat. Shadow of War will have several characters who can fight alongside you, so Forthog should fit right into the world he helped to create.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 10.