Middle Earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed to October 2017

Monolith has announced that they’re delaying Middle Earth: Shadow of War. The game is now slated to come out in October 2017. The reason cited for the delay is that the developers need more time in order to deliver the best possible game they can. The announcement also mentions that we’ll see more of the game on this year’s E3.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed to October 2017
Middle Earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed to October 2017

Bad news for people that love Shadow of Mordor. You’ll have to wait about two months longer than previously expected for the follow-up. Developers have announced that Middle Earth: Shadow of War will come out in October 2017 instead of in August. Monolith posted the announcement on their website, apologizing for the delay and explaining why the delay is necessary.

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.

As always, I believe that a delay is always justified if it means that we’ll get a better product. It’s always better to get a great game later than a broken mess that they rushed out the door. What’s your stance on the subject? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Either way, it’ll be exciting to see what Shadow of War has to offer on E3 2017.

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