Players geared up for the next battle in the fantasy realm of Middle-earth will have to wait a little longer to fight, as Middle-earth: Shadow of War‘s release has been officially pushed back. The game will now be arriving on October 10th, 2017.
Shadow of War, the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, was originally announced for an August 22nd launch during its initial unveiling in February. Developer Monolith Productions announced the delay on the WB Games community forums, explaining that a commitment to quality drove the decision to delay the game.
“Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands gameplay in every dimension, including the massive open world, the story, the RPG systems, and personal player stories of the Nemesis System,” the post reads. “As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.”
The update also teases the developers are “excited to show more at E3,” which should act as a consolation prize for fans ready to see more of the sequel. Among the many new additions to the game is the updated Nemesis System, which will include forts manned by Overlords to step up the intensity, as well as the ability to appease allied commanders.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will now launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10th, 2017. Switch owners, sad to say, will have to sit this one out.
Source: WB Games Community Forums