Shadow of Mordor sequel, Shadow of War, prematurely outed by Target

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The poor fool in charge of Target’s website probably took some pretty agitated calls from Warner Brothers this morning. They probably had something to do with Target having a web listing for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, a sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor that has not yet been publicly announced.

Kotaku reported the epic whoopsy-daisy, which has since been taken down, featured box-art and details for the game, which have survived through a NeoGAF post.

Shadow of War coverart

In his article, seemingly implying he’s heard of Shadow of War prior to this retail cock-up, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier said:

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.

The NeoGAF post also included further details regarding a Gold Edition of the game, but until there’s an official announcement from Warner Bros you can take them with a grain of salt. The post mentioned the edition including several story expansions, “Nemesis Expansions” and a “Gold War Chest”. There was also box-art for said Gold Edition.

shadow of war gold edtion coverart

Yup, pretty gold looking.

Without an official announcement there’s not a whole lot more to go on, so we’ll just have to wait until that all goes ahead. Interesting idea for Talion and Celebrimbor to be forging a new ring, but given Shadow of Mordor takes place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings I suppose they can’t really achieve anything by it. We’ll see.

I’m super keen to see the return of the Nemesis system, where Orc captains were randomly generated from a series of faces and personalities, giving players their own unique rivalries to tackle. Some refinement of it would be a bad idea, like stopping Orcs who’ve had their heads sliced off from coming back to get revenge. But still, a unique feature in a solid game. Had LoadScreen been around in 2014 I would have listed it in my honourable mentions of top games for the year.

But seriously, “Shadow of War”? There had to be a better title than that…

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