After US retail chain Target accidentally revealed that a new game set in the world of The Lord of The Rings will be released this year (check out our previous article on the leak here), Warner Bros. decided to officially confirmed that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a bona-fide real deal! *cues war cry from orcs, elves and men*
The announcement trailer – which is embedded above for you Middle-Earthlings to cry tears of joy to – was published on 27 Feb by the official Shadow of War YouTube page, and has been receiving a steady viewership of over 500 thousand. And it. Looks. Amazeballs.
Speaking of amazeballs, Monolith Productions is developing the Shadow of Mordor sequel, who also made the 2014 predecessor possible and amazing. Protagonists Talion and Celebrimbor will also return from their first buddy warrior game, where they will be facing off the Nazgul, and none other than the Dark Lord, Sauron. By wielding a newly-forged Ring of Power, Talion/Celebrimbor will fight and turn Mordor against the evilest of evil.
To make it more interesting, the renown Nemesis System also returns in Shadow of War, and it has been given more depth by adding an element called “Followers”. Not much else is known about the improved system, but Vice-President of Monolith Productions, Michael de Plater, described it as adding “entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal, and revenge”.
But fret not. The ending of the announcement trailer teased that the first gameplay footage will be released on 8 March so that’s when we’ll know more about the new gameplay, especially the famed Nemesis System.
And to make it even more exciting, the new LOTR game will be one of the very first games available on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio in the later part of the year!
I, for one, wouldn’t have the funding to try out Project Scorpio immediately after its release, but I’m excited to see how Shadow of War will play on Microsoft’s new powerful hardware. And of course, psyched to know how much improvements have been made to this epic sequel!
Aside from being available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Microsoft also confirmed that Shadow of War will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means that buying a digital version of the game on either platform (Xbox One or Windows 10) provides access to the other.
Furthermore, the game will be released as four different versions: standard, silver, gold and mithril. No word on its prices and its availability, but there’s a crazy amount of goodies to even list down for each version.
To list it simply, the standard edition will have minor DLCs, the silver edition adds Nemesis expansions and more DLC, the gold edition has even more expansions and DLCs, and the mithril version adds a 15-inch Tar-Goroth Balrog vs. Carnan Drake statue and other precious physical merchandises, such as exclusive lithographs, a premium case, steelcase, soundtrack, Map or Mordor, and more (sadly, it doesn't include Bilbo's Mithril Shirt).
As of now, the release dates for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War are 22 August in North America and 25 August in Europe.