Middle-earth: Shadow of War Leaked via Retailer

We’ve learned that a sequel to Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been leaked.

The news comes from a retailer listing for the game over on Target (thanks Nick Chevalier), which has the above box-art for the sequel. Warner Bros. and Monolith Productions logos are present, leading us to believe the original developer has returned to make the sequel.

The original Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open-world, third-person action RPG set between the gap of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and his follow-up masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

Shadow of Mordor was highly acclaimed, distributed across practically every major platform, and quite successful in sales, so it makes sense a sequel for the game is happening. The listing on Target has the game launching August 22nd, which could be a placeholder.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One listings for the game are currently present. It’s also worth mentioning a $100 gold edition of the game is also listed on Target, including the following goodies:

Gold Edition includes:
• Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
• Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
• The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
• The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
• Gold War Chest
• Over $125 in total value

Nemesis Expansions include a new Orc Tribe featuring new enemies, followers, missions, abilities, weapons, Fortress and wilderness updates, and a Mythic Gear Set.

Story Expansions introduce a new campaign, playable character & abilities, side missions, enemies, allies & more.

Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

Brandon Orselli


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  • This reminds me that I have to play the original still! On it now

  • Taedirk

    As a game in the same vein as the Arkham titles with a fresh coat of LOTR paint, it’s decent. As that same game that goes on sale for something ridiculously cheap like $10-$15 for a complete version, it’s pretty damned good.

  • Mr0303

    I quite liked the original, but like with any WB game it’s better to wait for the complete version.

  • Madbrainbox

    Oh boy.That description has me worried.
    “The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion”
    “Gold War Chest”
    This looks to me like equipment.I hope I’m wrong.His sword,dagger and Bow were great.

  • Madbrainbox

    Good game.Have fun.

  • Fenrir007

    I hope they make a game based on the Silmarillion someday. Perhaps an elf accompanying Feanor in his quest for vengeance. The last battle (or an epilogue battle of sorts) could be the battle between Fingolfin and Morgoth (game would switch perspectives for that).

  • Kelborne

    Oh shiz. Was wondering if it was ever going to get a sequel. The first game’s Nemesis system is still one of the coolest new mechanics to show up this gen.

  • AnarKreig

    Let’s just hope the balance of this doesn’t completely break and trivialize the combat to the point of boredom.

  • Madbrainbox

    I would personally like to witness the moment Sauron got trashed by Huan.Him getting owned by a dog is extremely funny to me.But if they will have you play an elf I hope they won’t get any inspiration from Legolas in the Hobbit part 3.

  • Cy


  • RPG

    I still need to get to it too. I have only played a few minutes of it at Gamescom before it came out, but I did not really understand how to play it, since the demo was just plopped in the middle of the game somewhere, and it was completely in German, haha. It seemed cool though, and I have been a big fan of the stories from Middle Earth, so I should definitely try it sometime.

  • I don’t really have an interest in LoTR video games, but I would buy that.

  • catazxy

    Yeah, too bad that we never got to see that again.

  • Phasmatis75

    That Gold War Chest hints of microtransactions and that has me worried. The Devs are passionate people, I had the privileged to speak with one at PSX, but their publisher are absolutely greedy cunts. I hope it’s like RE7 or just some cosmetic.

  • Phasmatis75

    I talked with the developer of the game, it cost so much they’re putting it in more and more games. We’ll see it again and again.

  • Dale Frewaldt

    Too bad things like the Nemesis system are guarded like national treasures. I’d like to see what more developers could do with licensed source code.

  • Nagato

    Note that the game can feel like quite the drag in the first area, before you get the trademark mind-control power. Afterwards things become more enjoyable, though.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    A great game if you like Killing Orcs. Glad to see Orcs Must Die 4 coming out.

  • Fenrir007

    The the dark lords of Arda had a lot of humilliating moments. I can’t help but chuckle imagining Tulkas going full Hulk Hogan on Melkor’s ass.

  • Madbrainbox

    That could ruin the mood of the game.

  • Madbrainbox

    Even the duel between Meikor and Fingolfin was a humiliating moment for him.Mighty valar had problems in killing an elf.

  • The first game sucked ass. Why can’t the west make good games?

  • Phasmatis75

    I think the developers are awesome (I met one), I love the original, but I will boycotte the hell out of the sequel if there are microtransactions in it.

  • Phasmatis75

    To bad publishers are so stupid they don’t licence the software making huge money. Arguably a company could function entirely off licencing software like that.

  • Madbrainbox

    The original is my 2014 GoTY.Slaughtering hordes of orcs has a relaxing effect on me.But if they add equipment with stats on it that would ruin the combat.If they add microtransactions(other than cosmetics) I won’t touch it for a very long time.

  • Fenrir007

    True. The guy was shit at PvP.

  • Phasmatis75

    At this point I’m already considering waiting until a complete edition comes out. Warner Brothers is notorious for forcing their developers to shove in progressive nonsense (Arkam Knight had a shot at Gamer Gate, Dying Light developers whined when feminists attacked them despite catering to them, and so on). Launch trailer didn’t look to promising, but the game play is fantastic, so a complete edition might be worth it. Provided they don’t put microtransactions in the game.