Developer Monolith Productions has announced that the sequel for “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” will be pushed to a later date. “#Middle-earth: Shadow of War” will be launched October, instead of the original August 22 schedule. Announced via the official community page, Monolith said it needed more time to develop the game.

Knowing how frustrating it is for fans, Monolith sent its apologies, promising it will deliver the game this time with the assurance of enhanced gameplay. For this sophomore outing, Talion and Celebrimbor are back from the original game, where they must "go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron."

Monolith confirms ‘Shadow of War’ will show up on E3

While fans continue to lament on the announcement, Salisbury confirmed the follow-up will make an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 next week.

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E3 2017 will take place June 13 to June 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War” will start exactly where gamers are left in the previous title. According to the developer, the sequel's new Nemesis system will further the story's narrative. In the game, which is set chronologically between “The Hobbit” and the main “Lord of the Rings," Talion and his army of Orcs travel to areas far off Mordor, to other Middle Earth's other regions that hardcore fans will recognize.

‘Shadow of War’s’ vast open world

Open world games have been all the rage the past couple years, with games like “The Witcher 3” and “Grand Theft Auto V” setting stories in sprawling landscapes. But if there is any world that is built for the open world system, it’s the one every so lovingly crafted by J.R.R Tolkien, Middle Earth.

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As with first game, players are taken to areas that are lush with grass and trees, or a rocky area sans plant life. However, there are places plagued with the blizzard and forests infested with potentially hostile creatures. These new areas will become players’ battlegrounds, in which multiple fortresses amass these lands.

Showing these new locations in the trailer reinforces what Monolith art director Matthew Allen said previously when the sequel was first to show. According to Allen, the developers have created more diverse areas in the follow-up and went on to describe these areas as larger compared to the two areas in the first game.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War” will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 10, 2017, in the U.S. and U.K. (no Australian release date has yet been confirmed).The game will be one of the big launch titles for Microsoft’s upcoming 4K console #Project Scorpio.

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