Yet another big Fall 2014 release has been delayed until a later time, as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will no longer hit its original launch date. Fortunately, it hasn’t been pushed out of 2014 like so many others.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Shadow of Mordor will now launch on November 18 in North America and November 18 in Europe; almost a full month delay. A specific reason for the delay wasn’t given, with the publisher only saying that the last-gen versions need “more time in development.” If anything, we can probably speculate that the Mordor dev team wants to polish the game a little more and bring it as close to the next-gen versions as possible.
Speaking of the PS4 and Xbox One releases, they remain unchanged and will still release on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe. The PC and Steam releases will join their console counterparts by launching globally on September 30.
Last month, we got a look at Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass, which detailed several DLC missions and the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series. Those that invest in the Season Pass will gain access to an exclusive Orc Warband mission known as the ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye,’ where players will square off against Sauron’s elite Defenders at the Black Gate; two new story missions –Lord of the Hunt and The Blight Lord– and any other content that releases in the future, including new runes and character skins. Pricing nor release dates for the DLC were given.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts players in the role of Talion, a Ranger of Gondor, in a time between The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Using his new abilities granted to him by the Wraith Celebrimbor, Talion will seek vengeance on those that took everything he held dear while uncovering the secrets behind the Rings of Power and confronting Sauron himself.
For you J.R.R. Tolkien fans, does Shadow of Mordor look like a good fit into the larger The Lord of The Rings universe, or just another side-story that will ultimately amount to nothing?
To recap: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor releases on September 30, 2014 in North America for PS4 and Xbox One; globally for PC and Steam. The game comes to Europe on October 3, 2014 for both next-gen systems. A month later, on November 18, 2014 in NA and November 21, 2014 in Europe, it’ll finally release for the Xbox 360 and PS3.