Target may very well have just accidentally leaked that 2014's Shadow of Mordor could be getting a sequel. The retailer lists the game, along with boxart and a detailed description of a "Gold Edition". Titled Shadow of War, the boxart shows previous developer, Monolith Productions will be coming back to work on the sequel. The Target description for the Gold Edition details that there will be at least 4 story expansion DLCs. The game's Nemesis system will also be returning, alongside new weapons, abilities, and armor. The story DLC description makes note of there being a new playable character that players can take control of, as well as being able to forge a new "ring of power". There is no release date or official word from WB Games at this time.
- 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.
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten.
- Hardware Platform: Playstation 4
- Video Game Condition: new
- ESRB Age Rating: RP - Rating Pending
- ESRB Content Description: RP - rating pending
- Video Game Genre: Adventure,
- Battery: no battery used
- ESRB Rating: RATING PENDING RP - rating pending
- TCIN: 52320396
- UPC: 883929583782
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 207-34-1663
- Origin: Made in the USA
WB Entertainment has officially issued a press release, announcing the game. Shadow of War will release on Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10, Steam, PS4, and PS4 Pro on August 25, 2017.
“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalised gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ truly drives the genre forward by taking the Nemesis System to new heights and allowing players to create their own personal journey within Middle-earth.”
“Following the amazing reception to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, we massively expanded every dimension of the game, including the world, the story, the RPG systems, the core gameplay and of course the personal player stories of the Nemesis System,” said Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions. “As lifelong fans of Middle-earth, we are so grateful to have the privilege to bring to life the most incredible fantasy world ever created in a new way, for a new generation. With Middle-earth: Shadow of War™, we can’t wait to see the amazing stories players are going to create and share.”
The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ expands this innovation with the introduction of Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis Fortresses, which allows players to utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.
Set between the events of The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™, Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.
As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, players can purchase a digital version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War™ once and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Gamers can pick up where they left off on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, bringing all the saves, game add-ons and achievements with them at no additional cost.
A gameplay trailer will be released on March 8th.