Shadow Of Mordor 2 is finally about to get a sequel, as box art and story details are leaked ahead of the official reveal.
The most surprising thing about 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor is not that it was really good and highly successful, but that it’s taken this long for there to be any word of a sequel.
The fact that nothing’s being rushed is very promising, and while many assumed the new Warner Bros. announcement due on March 8 was a Batman game it now seems likely it’s this.
The images you see here were accidentally placed on retailer Target’s website, and noticed by a poster on NeoGAF before they were promptly taken down.
There seems little chance of it being a fake, but there’s also relatively little information, just the following blurb:
Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow Of War.
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.
As you can see there’s also a Gold Edition of the game, which contains the following extras ($125 is about £100):
• 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
Nemesis Expansions are described as including, ‘a new Orc Tribe featuring new enemies, followers, missions, abilities, weapons, Fortress and wilderness updates, and a Mythic Gear Set.’
Story Expansions ‘introduce a new campaign, playable character & abilities, side missions, enemies, allies & more.’
That Gold War Chest may imply microtransactions of some sort but there’s no mention of any multiplayer options. But then the descriptions are mostly focused on the story and the DLC, so that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any.