Middle-earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed

The epic open-world sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now be released in October.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Warthe sequel to Monolith's 2014 hit Shadow of Mordorhas had its release date pushed back from the middle of August to October 10. The game is being developed by Monolith Productions.

The announcement came from an official announcement by WB Games, which read in part:

As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.

The post also noted that some territories, including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, would have a different release date.

Shadow of Mordor received a great deal of praise for its innovative Nemesis System, which procedurally generated a full roster of Uruk antagonists for players to go up against, and dynamically had those Uruks develop relationships with the player. Its sequel aims to take that system to the next level, and no doubt the delay's purpose was to give Monolith enough time to do it justice.

To help tide you over until the game is released, be sure to check out our review of the original!

Published Jun. 1st 2017

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