Over the weekend, a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor called Shadow of War leaked onto an online retailer with a release date for this year. The game was completely unheard of.
That leak, turns out, is legit. Warner Bros. has announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is coming to the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms on August 22, 2017. They also announced that the game is being developed for PS4 Pro and Scorpio, and that it’ll be an Xbox Play Anywhere title. That bit means that Xbox owners who buy it digitally will get it free on Windows 10 (and vice versa).
They even included a new trailer.
Shadow of War will expand on the Nemesis system with Followers
Shadow of Mordor‘s biggest thing was the Nemesis system. The game had a rank of bad guys with personalities and relationships that dynamically reacted to who you killed and when you did it. It felt like you were fighting a living horde instead of the feeling-less NPCs.
The new system? Here’s the word on the release.
The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands this innovation with the introduction of Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis Fortresses, which allows players to utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.
Will have more on Shadow of War as it comes. Here’s what Shadow of Mordor looked like.