One of the biggest disappointments of the summer gaming block was that Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, had been delayed. However, now Warner Bros has apparently moved the Shadow of War release date back to August 25, and out of October 10, which it had been before.
Originally, Middle-earth: Shadow of War had been delayed to October 10 from its previous date of August 25 due to Monolith wanting to work on the Playstation 4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game and release them all together. However, the release date being moved back to August on its pre-order page hints that Microsoft might have moved it upward again.
Then again, Monolith hasn’t confirmed that the Shadow of War release date has been reverted to its pre-delay, so the fact that the release date has been un-delayed may end up having been a glitch. As sad as that would be, the longer it takes, hopefully the better the game will be.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War focuses around Talion and Celebrimbor from the previous game forging a new Ring of Power to counter Sauron’s One Ring, while building an army of orcs to conquer Mordor for their own. The new game will feature the ability to besiege fortresses, new locations to visit, new weapons and armor, and a variety of new characters.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor served as one of the flagship titles for the next generation, allowing players to run around an expansive world and kill Orcs to their hearts content as they attempt to avenge their murdered family. Now, after three years, Middle-earth: Shadow of War plans to go beyond that.
If the “new” Middle-earth: Shadow of War release date is true, and the game will be coming out on schedule after all, the game will be coming out on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on August 25.