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Middle-earth: Shadow of War's Dark Tribe is a stealthy clan of Orcish ninjas

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War's parade of themed Orc tribes continues today with a new trailer revealing the Dark Tribe, a secretive, stealthy clan of assassins that slips silently through the shadows, slashes through enemies like a laser-sharp scalpel, and then slips away into the night before anyone realizes they were there. 

Okay, maybe they're not quite that ninja-like, but everything is relative and relative to, say, the Terror Tribe, these guys are the epitome of surgical finesse. It is kind of an odd take on an Orcish horde, though. Do Orcs have special forces units? Do they use spies and assassins to covertly advance their political agendas? Are they sometimes airdropped behind enemy lines from the backs of Fellbeasts? 

Because that would be cool. 

Along with the Dark Tribe and the Terror Tribe, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will also feature mechanically-inclined Machine Tribe, and the hard-groovin' Marauder Tribe. It comes out on October 10, and sounds like it might be a lot of fun

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.