Thanks to Target’s website, which accidentally leaked the box art through an online product listing, we now know for sure that the sequel to the successful game “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor” (2014) will be called “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War”. Moreover, Monolith Productions might release the new video game this summer. So, players might have it in their hands sooner than expected.
Box-art and title leaked
People first found out about Target’s mistake via Twitter from various users who noticed it, on Sunday afternoon. The product listing was immediately taken down but people on the Internet had already screen captioned it. Before being taken down, the release date of the game was shown to be August 22. However, nobody knows for sure whether or not that date is official or it is something else from Target. Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. did not offer any detail regarding the game and they did not comment on the leak either. Usually, when there is no comment, the leak is true.
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According to the website Kotaku, the story of the new “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” will revolve around Talion and Celebrimbor. They were also the two main characters from the first game. They will supposedly try to create a brand new ring which should be at least as powerful as the one Sauron has. As it was the case with the first game, players will be able to go on the enemy’s side here too. They will need to gather armies and conquer fortresses.
Both for Xbox One and PS4
The leak listed the new game as being for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The first game was also available on PC, so probably that will be the case with the sequel too. Also, according to the details on Target’s website, the developers are preparing a Gold Edition too. It will supposedly include four expansions and a Gold War chest of over $125 in total value. Two of the expansions are going to be Nemesis-type. Those will have a new Orc Tribe with new enemies, weapons, missions and followers. The other two expansions will be story oriented. Those will have new campaigns, new playable characters, missions, enemies, allies and many more interesting additions. Those will be called “The Blade of Galadriel” and “The Desolation of Mordor”.
“Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” will probably be officially announced soon, given the leak too. The first game, “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor”, was released in 2014 and enjoyed mainly positive reviews. It even won some Game of the Year awards, so it was very popular and some Lord of the Rings fans said that it was finally the good game everyone expected, based on the J. R. R. Tolkien’s universe. The game’s Nemesis system was critically acclaimed and many saw it as an important innovation in storytelling. This made the game’s main character fight against a rival character, based on the player’s previous choices. Some rumors about a sequel first appeared at the beginning of 2016, so, a year ago. Now, it seems like we finally have the confirmation we have all been waiting for.
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