Shadow of Mordor Free DLC Adds Option to Play as a Woman

Lithariel Shadow of Mordor

The Power of Defiance DLC has a skin where you can slay orcs as Lithariel.

Warner Bros. and Monolith released a batch of free DLC yesterday for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that adds some new features, such as the unexpected addition to play as female character.

Talion’s story is similar to that of many game protagonists – revenge over the death of his family. Being able to play as a different character – especially one who’s a woman – at least makes the game feel a bit different on a surface level. This character is Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn. Daughter of Lady Marwen and Queen of Nurn, Lithariel also wears setting-appropriate clothing not all that different from Talion’s.

However, Lithariel is available only as a skin rather than an entirely new playable character. Playing as Lithariel won’t give you new abilities or actions. As Lithariel players will fight Sauron’s forces through the new Test of Defiance challenge mode where you are unable to revive or use Wraith powers.

The Power of Defiance DLC also includes an Epic Rune called Defiant to the End, which gives an additional Last Chance to re-enter the fight after dying in combat.

An update released yesterday adds the DLC, but only for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It is not available on PS3 and Xbox 360.

With plenty of people asking game developers add options for inclusivity for women, it’s nice to see there’s an option to play as war commander Lithariel.

Source: Power of Defiance

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