Shadow of War Memorializes Developer Who Died of Cancer With a New Character

Shadow of War Memorializes Developer Who Died of Cancer With a New Character

Forthog Orc-Slayer will be available as a DLC character.

Monolith, the studio developing the upcoming action-RPG Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, announced that they will be memorializing A Shadow of War developer who passed away last from a brain tumor in the game as a new character.

Michael Forgey was a Monolith Executive who died last year at the age of 43. He will live on in Shadow of War as a DLC character named Forthog Orc-Slayer. As the name says, he will be an orc-slayer who can kill orcs with a single blow. His name is partly based on the fact that Forgey was a prodigious musician and member of "Orc Slayer", a band formed by Monolith team members.

In fact, Forthog Orc-Slayer's weapon in the game is a guitar axe, a weapon made from a repurposed, fantasy guitar. Monolith released a trailer for the character and you can see him blow his way past several enemies easily with his musical weapon. Additionally, the song you hear in the trailer was one written and performed by Forgey.

Monolith will release Forthog Orc-Slayer when the game comes out for $3.99. $3.50 of every purchase will go to the Forgey family through December 31, 2019.

"Mike was larger than life," said Monolith studio head Kevin Stephens. "Mike was an incredible inspiration to our team. He was our front man in many respects. Everybody loved Mike."

The trailer was designed to showcase Forgey's real personality as Forthog Orc-Slayer. The trailer ends with Forthog smirking before charging towards the enemy. "He's going tot he Undying Lands," said Monolith's Director of Art Phil Straub, "He's embracing that."

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.

Eric's Farewell | Off to Find a New Challenger

It's time for us to move on, but we'll carry USG with us wherever we go.