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Middle-earth: Shadow of War has popped up on Target’s online store as reported by Twitter user @Wario64 (via @NickChevalier).

Once again, an online retailer appears to have posted a game for sale a bit earlier than expected. Only in this case, the game hadn’t yet been officially announced or even named. Titled Middle-earth: Shadow of War, it popped up for sale on Target for the Xbox One and for the PlayStation 4. Additionally, Gold Editions of the game for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are still live at the time of writing. Here’s a gallery of screenshots showing off the box art and store pages for all four listed items:

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is being listed for $59.99 for the standard edition and $99.99 for the Gold Edition. Furthermore, the store page lists the release date as 8/22/17. The game’s short description states:

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™.

The Gold Edition lists the following special features:

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.

There’s no word or evidence as of yet of a PC edition.

Rumors were abound of a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. A stunt actress supposedly did motion capture work for a title listed as “Shadow of Mordor 2, but she later denied the claims and had the entry removed from a page that tracks the work of stunt performers.

We’ve reached out to Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment for comment on this matter and we will update this story if we hear back from them.

What do you think the plot of Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be all about? Are you going to be picking up this sequel? Do you think we’ll be getting a PC edition of the game? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!