Middle-earth: Shadow of War Release Date Delayed Until October

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Release Date Delayed Until October

Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. have announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now have a release date of October 10th, 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, which is a delay of 2 months from the game’s originally announced August 22nd launch day.

Monolith issued the following statement today regarding the delay:

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. 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.

We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game. We’re excited to show more at E3.

– The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Team

Shadow of War is the sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor which caught gaming audiences surprise with its intense  combat  and innovative Nemesis system that created some emergent gameplay situations when faced with foes from past encounters. Shadow of War is looking to build on those core gameplay elements by adding more of RPG framework, as well as an expanded Nemesis system that features allies and loyalty. Did we mention drake riding? There’s that too.

Check out our full preview of the game to learn more about how they’re evolving the franchise. Thoughts on the delay to October? Let us know in the comments and keep checking back for more.


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