A sudden Middle-earth: Shadow of War delay has knocked the game’s release back by two months, taking it from August 22 to October 10 of this year. The game was originally supposed to come out at the tail end of summer, but has now been delayed to fine-tune the game and its mechanics.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, an open-world action game that focused on the Lord of the Rings universe. In it, you played a Gondorian Ranger named Talion who is murdered by the forces of the Dark Lord Sauron. Now, joined with the spirit of the elven smith Celebrimbor, Talion has to get his revenge on Sauron.
Shadow of War was a continuation of this story as Talion and Celebrimbor created their own Ring of Power to challenge Sauron and his One Ring, along with conquering Mordor with armies of mind-controlled orcs.
However, the Shadow of War delay means that players will have to add at least two months to the formerly three-month wait to play the game. However, considering Shadow of War is going to be a great deal bigger than Shadow of Mordor, with more mechanics, locations, and skills along with amazing set pieces, the delay was almost inevitable.
After all, it would be better for Monolith to postpone the game than release it in an incomplete or even broken state. And, at least it’s only two months, rather than being delayed until either the end of the year or close to the beginning of 2018.
With everything that the game will have, ranging from various regions to explore and fortresses to conquer, various areas and activities to do, and battles to fight, the Shadow of War delay is at least warranted. Plus, we can still see more gameplay of Shadow of War when E3 rolls around.