It would appear that the much-anticipated (and thoroughly unsurprising) sequel to 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been revealed up accident thanks to a leak from the US retail giant, Target, and is appropriately titled, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Alongside the leaked title, Target also gifted us all with a glimpse of the both the standard and gold edition box-art respectively, in addition to some brief details about the game itself.
While Warner Bros. have yet to officially reveal the game, given the location and the circumstances of the leak if is safe to assume that Shadow of War is genuine. The box-art proudly displays the snarling mugs of several Orc warriors, alongside Shadow of Mordor’s (literally) joint protagonists, Talion and Celebrimbor. While story details are thin on the ground, the Target listing states that we’ll “go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within”. The previous entry’s acclaimed Nemesis System will make a return, hopefully even better than it was before.
While the leak only confirmed the existence of the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, we can safely assume that Shadow of War will also be releasing for PC given the lack of physical representation of PC games in the traditional brick-and-mortar markets of which Target is a part of. There’s no mention or evidence thus far of a Switch version.
As detailed by Target, the game will release on August 22 this year, and, as previously mentioned, will come in both a standard and gold edition, the latter of which will (eventually) contain two new story expansions as well as two “Nemesis” expansions on top of that.