We have some unfortunate news to share. Originally slated to release in August, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has been delayed. In addition, Monolith Productions has issued a statement about the delay:
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will now launch worldwide on Oct. 10, 2017**.
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.
– The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Team
**Some territories such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan will have a different release date.
So instead of releasing on August 22nd, Shadow of War will now be available in most markets on October 10th. While this is definitely disappointing, it is good that the team recognized that the game simply wasn’t going to be ready. Far better that it launch properly. However, this does raise another concern. This is yet another game being pushed into the holiday season of October-December.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to catch up on news, trailers or information released, here are some great places to start: