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Yesterday, Target mistakenly leaked the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor by posting the game for sale online. Now we have an official announcement for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, along with a release date, trailer, and some other information. Shadow of War will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 22nd, 2017. It will also be on Project Scorpio when that releases sometime this holiday season.

The trailer sets the stage for Shadow of War‘s story. It seems that Talion and Celebrimbor have created another ring of power to battle Sauron. For those that remember, it was Celebrimbor that crafted the original rings of power. The trailer also shows the two being separated somehow, so we’ll have to see what that does for the story.

Here’s what the announcement had to say regarding the narrative:

Players will wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. With an original story featuring our two heroes from the first game, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will have you going deep behind enemy lines to forge an army in the hopes of turning all of Mordor against the Dark Lord himself.

The Nemesis System will, of course, be making a return in Shadow of War and have some changes and additions to it, though those details have yet to be revealed. Other than that, gameplaywise the announcement promises something pretty lofty in that they claim players will have a profound effect on the world they explore, “creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.” Players can influence both the environment and characters. We’ll learn more on March 8th when gameplay is revealed.

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The official site for the game is now up and running, which shows that there will be four different versions you can purchase: Standard, Silver, Gold, and Mithril editions of the game. Each version received the pre-order bonus of the Legendary Champions War Party and Exclusive Epic Sword of Dominion. Silver includes some DLC, Gold even more, and Mithril is basically the collector’s edition of the game coming with a large Balrog vs. Drake statue.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War releases August 22nd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. It will also be an Xbox Anywhere title, meaning that if you purchase it for Xbox One or Windows 10, you get both versions of the game as well as a version on Scorpio after that console’s release.

What do you think of Middle-earth: Shadow of War? What are you hoping to see more of? What are you hoping to see change? Let us know in the comments below!


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