The sequel to 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has allegedly been leaked, according to a post on NeoGAF. The game box and some tidbits about the game temporarily appeared on Target’s international website. The entry has since been removed.
The posting included box art for the game’s standard and gold editions, and Kotaku has corroborated the existence of the game.
“From what I’ve heard, the story will be based on Talion and Celebrimbor (the two protagonists from Shadow of Mordor) working to forge a new ring that’s as powerful as Sauron’s. The Nemesis system is back, obviously, and there are new stronghold mechanics, new special abilities, and all that jazz,” wrote Kotaku‘s Jason Schrier.
Well, that took them long enough.
The posting had a release date of August 22 slated for the game and featured a brief description of the game.
“Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses, and dominate Mordor from within,” it read. “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.”
The Gold Edition of the game is, according to the post, set to include four expansions:
• 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
That a new Shadow of Mordor game is coming isn’t a surprise. It’s actually more surprising that it took this long. By the time Shadow of War releases, it’ll have been nearly 3 years since the original, giving the team behind it plenty of time to polish up the game and make sure it really feels like a new game.