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Rumor: Retailer Leaks Shadow Of Mordor Sequel 'Shadow Of War'

by Suriel Vazquez on Feb 26, 2017 at 05:27 AM

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the early bright spots of the current round of consoles, showcasing impressive new tech alongside an intricate Nemesis system. WB Games has been quiet about a sequel to the game for some time, but Target may have leaked the first bits of info on the sequel.

The retailer currently shows a listing for "Middle Earth: Shadow Of War" alongside a two different box art images: one for the standard edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and one for the "Gold" edition of the game for both aforementioned platforms. No PC listings are shown, but that could be because the retailer is choosing not to stock that version of the game, and not because there is no PC version in the works.

Taking a look at Target's item description for the game, we get a few details about the game itself (assuming, again, this is legitimate). The Gold edition of the game seems to include several expansions, including the addition of two tribes to the Nemesis system, as well as two story expansions. All of these expansions include new weapons, missions, followers (likely a reference to the first game's ability to control enemy minions), enemies, abilities, and other bonuses.

As for plot, the standard edition's listing is as follows:

"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."

Finally, the listings for both versions have the game's release date as August 22 of this year.

[Source: Target via NickChevalier on Twitter]


Our Take
Normally a retailer listing isn't too big a deal when it comes to confirmations, but this one seems more substantial. The box art looks fairly authentic, and we weren't sure of a name until now. The release date is also more specific than the "Dec 31" retailers tend to use as a placeholder. Unless there's a rogue agent at Target trying to mess with the collective internet, odds seem pretty high on this being real.