Following an early leak yesterday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith have officially announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, with a new cinematic trailer.
Like the first game, Shadow of War is set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It will be picking things up right where Shadow of Mordor left off, with Talion and Celebrimbor forging a new Ring of Power to fight against Sauron. The trailer shows some of the new enemies Talion will have to face, including a Balrog, the Nazgûl, and of course, lots and lots of orcs. The game will also feature an expansion of the Nemesis System from Shadow of Mordor, with an addition of new “Nemesis Fortresses” and “Followers.” Warner Bros. has announced a gameplay unveiling for March 8th.
Along with the actual game, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has already announced extensive DLC and preorder options, with four different versions of the game on offer. The Standard edition includes the standalone game; the Silver edition adds two Orc tribes to expand the Nemesis system further; the Gold edition builds on the Silver edition by including a season pass for the two upcoming story expansions (The Blade of Galadriel and The Desolation of Mordor); and the Mithril edition comes with the usual assortment of collectable statuettes, maps, and fancy cases, along with everything else included in the other versions. It’s a little disheartening to see so much content walled away behind deluxe editions at the initial announcement of a title, but that’s the current state of the industry.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released on August 22nd on Xbox One (and Project Scorpio), PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 4 Pro), and PC (through both Steam and the Windows Store as an Xbox Play Anywhere title).