Gaming NewsFeb 27, 2017 at 6:40a PSTby luckie

Middle-earth: Shadow of War confirmed after a huge leak [Updated]

A lot of information on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, has leaked due to online store Target prematurely posting details of the game. This includes release date and many interesting details on story and gameplay.

Update

Warner Bros. has apparently decided that there isnít much sense waiting with the official announcement, so they confirmed Middle-earth: Shadow of War is happening. The game will be out in North America on August 22 and in Europe on August 25. This will be a Play Anywhere title for Windows PC and Xbox One, besides the PlayStation 4 version. Interestingly, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the first game officially announced to support Xbox Project Scorpio (coming to PS4 Pro as well). Hereís also the reveal trailer and the official website.

The gameplay reveal is planned for March 8, 2017.

Original story

The sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is going to be called Middle-earth: Shadow of War, according to the information prematurely posted by online store Target (via NeoGAF). The seller spilled the beans when they made a false start with the gameís description page for the PlayStation 4 version, not only showing the title and box cover, but also revealing the release date and some details about the content and DLC. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is supposedly coming out August 22, 2017.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War box art.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War box art.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is apparently going to come in two editions: Standard and Gold. The latter includes several DLC packs: Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion, The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion and The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion, as well as Gold War Chest. The two Nemesis Expansions are going to feature new Orc Tribes with new enemies, followers, missions, abilities, weapons, fortress and wilderness updates and unique gear sets. On the other hand, the Story Expansions introduce new campaing, playable character and abilities, enemies and allies.

The leaked description also promises the return of improved Nemesis System, able to generate unique orkish leaders, whom you then encounter throught the story. Players will also get to command their own armies and challenge Sauron himself to the throne of Mordor. Hereís a tasty excerpt of the description:

Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.