After an accidental leak this past weekend, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Studios have officially revealed Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to the successful 2014 release, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The newly revealed press release confirms that the story will continue to follow the fallen Gondor Ranger Talion along with his Elven spirit companion Celebrimbor, as they work behind enemy lines to try and turn Mordor against the rising power of the Dark Lord Sauron. To aid them in this quest is a newly forged ring of power as Talion attempts to build his own army to oppose his enemies.
Gameplay details are a bit sparse at the moment, but the game promises to expand upon the well received Nemesis System by adding new elements into it including factors such as loyalty, betrayal, and revenge. A CG announcement trailer hints at more things to come, including a look at Talion forging the new ring in the fires of Mount Doom, new locations seen previously in the Lord of the Rings movies like Minas Morgul, and even potentially new enemies to battle, including what appears to be a heavily armored balrog creature and the Witch King of Angmar.
Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see more of the title, as a gameplay reveal is planned for next week on March 8, 2017. The press release also confirms that the Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches this coming August, and interestingly enough, the game will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio, making it the first officially announced title for the console.
News quickly broke over this past weekend about the existence of Shadow of War after the box art regarding the then unannounced title appeared in an advertisement from Target. Whether or not the announcement really was being prepared for today, or if the leak forced the studio into action sooner than later is anyone’s guess.
Now that it’s official, are you ready to return to the lands of Mordor? Let us know your thoughts on the new game below in the comments.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches on August 22, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 PC.