It was revealed back in February that Monolith was developing a follow up to their hit 2014 Lord of the Rings action RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s likely that we’ll be getting a good chunk of new information on the game next week during E3, but here is all of the details we currently have:
Plot and Release Date
The campaign in Shadow of War picks up right where the first game left off and will see 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.” as described by the developers in a press release. The story will also see the return of Talion and Celebrimbor and will still be set sometime between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s also been teased that the events in Shadow of War will tie into the LotR trilogy.
Back in February when the game was first announced, it was revealed that players wouldn’t have to wait long, as Shadow of War was originally set to release in August 2017. Last week however, Monolith Productions delayed the game to a worldwide release October 10. The statement reads, “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 Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.”
DLC and Special Editions
Although the game’s release is still about four months out, we’ve already received confirmation on two story and Nemesis expansions. “The Desolation of Mordor” and “The Blade of Galadriel” will see the addition of new characters, locations, missions and abilities. The Nemesis expansions, titled “Outlaw Tribe” and “Slaughter Tribe” will add new Orc tribes, missions, weapons, and abilities. There has been no official word yet on a season pass.
As for you collectors out there, Shadow of War will have three special editions (not counting the standard $60 game). The Silver edition will cost $80 and will include both Nemesis expansions mentioned earlier. The Gold edition is $100 and contains all four expansions detailed previously. Finally, there’s the Mithril edition which will have all the DLC, comes with a 12-inch statue of a dragon fight, and some other small prizes. The Mithril edition coss $300.
We’ll have all the latest and greatest news over on Shacknews.com as it breaks next week during E3. Be sure to keep an eye on the site as the festivities begin!