Middle-earth: Shadow of War screenshot of a giant Barlog

Shadow of War is the upcoming sequel to the much-decorated Shadow of Mordor. It brings with it a new and expanded Nemesis system, the ability to siege castles with your personal army of Orcs and beasts, followers that can help you out throughout your missions, and an even better open world to explore. In the most basic terms it is Shadow of Mordor, just bigger and hopefully greater.

Originally Shadow of War was supposed to arrive on August 22nd, but it appears that the developers have now pushed back the release date to October 10th. Australia, New Zealand, and Japan will have a different release date entirely, but that hasn't been announced just yet. As you might expect, the reason behind the delay is the need for some more time in order to polish up the gameplay. Here's the brief developer quote that came with the announcement:

"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."

If you don't know much about Shadow of War, but it sounds like the type of game you might like, allow me to send you off with the relatively recent official gameplay walkthrough. It'll give you a pretty damn good idea of what Shadow of War really has to offer. Enjoy!