Whoops! Target has leaked the sequel to Shadow of Mordor — Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Shadow of Mordor is an open-world action adventure game, set in The Lord of the Rings universe. As a prequel to the Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of Mordor followed the tale of a ranger, Talion, possessed by the Elf Lord Celebrimbor. Working together, the pair labor to dismantle a huge army amassing to invade Middle-earth in events set in the the 60-year gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Shadow of Mordor was an excellent game that combined Assassin's Creed-like combat systems and a unique and dynamic "Nemesis" engine, by which procedurally generated orcs would fight their way into positions of power throughout the game's sizeable world. If you haven't already, you should buy it (opens in new tab), seriously.

Target has listed Middle-earth: Shadow of War far ahead of the game's planned reveal, giving us a glimpse at some of its features.

NeoGAF discovered the mishap, which not only contains box art but details about the game itself. The listing on Target has subsequently been removed, but not before the internet saved all of its juicy details.

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.

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™.

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

In Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™, nothing will be forgotten.

The pre-order date was listed for August 22nd, and while that could be a placeholder, it seems encouragingly specific. The game was billed for both Xbox One and PS4, and like Shadow of Mordor, it seems at least likely it will come to Windows PC as well. If you haven't already, give Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor a try (opens in new tab), it's bloody excellent.

I suspect we'll hear something a little more official on Shadow of War very soon. Cheers Target!

Buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for Xbox One ($19.99) (opens in new tab)

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  • Awesome!
  • Wow, I prayed for this day for my favorite game. Wooohoo
  • Yes yes yes!! Day one purchase!!
  • I assume there's no hope this will be a Play Anywhere game :/
  • Certainly not
  • Actually, there is. It's a Play Anywhere confirmed title. The article should be updated soon. xD
  • It is
  • Nice, I really enjoyed the first. I started the GotY Edition's DLC, but haven't played much of late. I need to finish KH 2.8, then maybe go back to it before MLB 17​ launches. Only benefit of the crap lineup of games announced for 2017 so far is the chance to catch up on stuff, since I just got a PS4 in November.
  • not for pc?
  • Yes and the good news is: it's not Steam only, also Windows 10 Play Anywhere. ;)
  • Amazing news. Hope it's as good as the first one. I will say that the first game was one of the best games I played that year.
  • Let's hope this time it will be more than poor man's Assassin's Creed
  • The previous game was a lot more fun than the more recent AC games for me. I've loved some AC games on the past but AC4 on Xbox One was almost unplayable for me, maybe I should try it again but the framerate was awful IIRC