Middle-earth: Shadow of War Officially Announced for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Following the leak this past weekend, Warner Bros. has officially announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

The new game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (for both Windows 10 and Steam), and is set for a release on August 22nd in North America and August 25th in Europe. Featured above, you can view the game’s debut trailer.

The game will be a “Play Anywhere” title on Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning you can transfer game saves, achievements, and add-ons between platforms at no extra cost. There’s also support for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox Project Scorpio.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Warner Bros.:

In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The open-world action-adventure game is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.

“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalised gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War truly drives the genre forward by taking the Nemesis System to new heights and allowing players to create their own personal journey within Middle-earth.”

“Following the amazing reception to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, we massively expanded every dimension of the game, including the world, the story, the RPG systems, the core gameplay and of course the personal player stories of the Nemesis System,” said Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions. “As lifelong fans of Middle-earth, we are so grateful to have the privilege to bring to life the most incredible fantasy world ever created in a new way, for a new generation. With Middle-earth: Shadow of War, we can’t wait to see the amazing stories players are going to create and share.”

The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands this innovation with the introduction of Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis Fortresses, which allows players to utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

Brandon Orselli


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  • Uncle Ocelot

    Guess they had no choice after that leak.

  • NoobSmoke

    I loved the first one so I’m probably gonna pick this up. It didn’t have the most expansive combat system but it was fun enough and different enough when compared to AC or other games like it.

  • ProxyDoug

    With so many stories to tell…

  • Madbrainbox

    Hmmm.I need to see the gameplay for this but I’m worried about it.Sauron returning in his physical form?Another master ring?No.Just no.

  • DrearierSpider

    First game was good from what I hear (still in my backlog), but what a shame that the company who gave us IP’s like Blood, NOLF, Shogo, F.E.A.R. and Condemned is relegated to a very tapped out IP.

  • catazxy

    At least they give us a date on the “gameplay reveal”, I’m glad some companies understood that endless cgi videos that show us nothing of the final game are not helping sales, only brings disappointment later on.

  • alterku

    I’m ready for it. The first was a lot of fun. The nemesis system was the best. Still surprised nobody else tried it.

  • Mr0303

    I guess they could be going for a what-if story. I really liked the first game, but I’ll likely wait for the complete edition with this one.

  • Grey

    Just hope they actually put some effort into the boss fights this time around. I mean, I’d be fine with no boss fights anyway, since the nemesis system gave us pretty great battles all on it’s own. If they are going to include story-based boss fights like they seem to be suggesting, hope they’re not the lame ducks they were in the first game. It was the only truly awful part of that game.

  • Tyrannikos

    I’ll probably rent it. The first one kinda hooked me for a bit, but at some point I felt like there was zero challenge to be had so it became extremely dull.