Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the follow-up to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, has been delayed from its original launch date of August 22nd, 2017 to October 10th, 2017. In a post, Developer Monolith Productions didn’t go into much detail into why the game was delayed, but did talk about how “Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System.”
Warner Bros. first announced Shadow of War back in March of this year, and told us we would be once again taking control of Talion and Celebrimbor from Shadow of Mordor. This time around, however, players get to weild a new Ring of Power, and even face off against Sauron and the Nazgul. Of course, the lauded Nemesis System will return, though this time it include new features such as “followers”, which will allow for “entierly new stories of loyalty, betrayal, and revenge.”
Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes place between J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and hopes to fill in and tell different stories from the battle for Middle-earth.
While we have to wait a little longer to get our hands on Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a little polish can go a long way to making a good game into a great game. We will see if the delay pays off when Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10th, 2017.