One does not simply release a Middle-earth game in the summer, it seems. Middle-earth: Shadow of War, originally set to release in August, has been pushed out to October 10, publisher WB Games has announced.
Developer Monolith Productions posted a message regarding the delay on WB Games’ forums:
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. 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.
We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game. We’re excited to show more at E3.
Having to wait longer for hotly-anticipated games is never fun, even if it’s usually for the best. In the case of Shadow of War, though, this delay could hurt the game quite a bit. While game releases are spread throughout the year more evenly than they used to be, the fall rush is still real and tons of games all come out at once.
The August release would’ve let Shadow of War avoid that rush just by a little bit, giving it more time to sit in front of gamers’ eyes before other huge games got in the way. By pushing out to October, we’re starting to get into the fall rush and into an unaffordably-huge glut of games. Thanks to the success of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the series already has a warm spot in the hearts of many gamers, but it’s still coming out during a busy time.
Regardless, the game will likely be better for it. Middle-earth: Shadow of War hits PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 10.