Last week, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a strategic partnership with Xbox, especially for Project Scorpio. This week, Shadow of War technical director Matt Allen revealed that Project Scorpio offers a significant upgrade for Xbox players, especially when it comes to the new Middle-earth title.
Speaking to TechRadar, Allen opened up about Project Scorpio and the advantages it will give players when gaming, especially in terms of its 4K and HDR visuals. Allen didn’t hold back when discussing how impressed he is by the upcoming Xbox console. Allen said:
"I don't know how much they've revealed the specs, but it is an upgrade. It's not just sort-of, 'We're going to upgrade some stuff.' There's things you can do with it. So, we're pretty excited to be working with them specifically. Until you've seen the game at 4K and HDR, it's a different ... you can watch it [in HDR] for a while, and after seeing it for a couple of months, you normalize it. Then you go back to not looking at it [HDR], and it actually is really different."
Shadow of War is the first major titles revealed specifically for Project Scorpio. That said, the title will be available on Xbox One and Xbox One S as well, albeit with slightly less visual quality. The game will also be available on PC and PlayStation 4, with an enhanced version available for PS4 Pro, similar to the one for Project Scorpio.
Those who purchase the game on PC or Xbox will be glad to note that Shadow of War is set to be a Play Anywhere title as part of the Xbox partnership. Those who want a closer look at Shadow of War can check out the 16 minutes of gameplay the developer revealed yesterday. So far, talk among gamers is that this could be a strong sequel to the highly-praised Shadow of Mordor.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set to release August 22, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.