Ever since Middle-earth: Shadow of War was revealed by way of an announcement trailer earlier this year, fans of the action-adventure franchise have been anxiously awaiting its arrival on store shelves. Thankfully, the game’s release date has finally arrived, and with the title going live today, the developer Monolith and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have decided to celebrate its availability by releasing a launch trailer.

As seen below in the footage for Middle-earth: Shadow of War‘s launch trailer, fans of the new release are privy to a showcase of the open world title’s in-game engine, as well as a plethora of accolades that it has received thus far. Not to mention, there’s plenty of epic landscapes, intense action sequences, as well as grandiose monsters and creatures on display, with the game’s co-protagonists Talion and Celebrimbor steadily remaining the video’s focal point.

If Middle-earth: Shadow of War‘s launch trailer is an accurate indication of how the title plays on day one, then fans all around the globe should be prepared for a large-scale adventure that only the Lord of the Rings universe can provide. Of course, should players be able to avail themselves of the ever-present loot box controversy surrounding the game, then they ought to enjoy themselves even more so.

All things considered, it will be interesting to see exactly how well Middle-earth: Shadow of War‘s sales eventually pan out in a season that’s practically packed to the brim with blockbuster titles for gamers to choose from. Even so, with fans and critics alike already heaping tons of praise upon the title – our review asserts that Monolith “somehow found a way to improve on the already winning formula” of the award-winning Shadow of Mordor, for instance – it stands to reason that the sequel will be able to handily hold its own against the competition.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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