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New Lord of the Rings game release date revealed

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Monday that Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has a release date: The game will arrive on Aug. 22.

“This next journey to Middle-earth will bring back Talion and Celebrimbor, who return as the Bright Lord as they go behind enemy lines to turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron,” Monolith Productions explained in a press release. The installment “expands upon the award-winning Nemesis System, introducing entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal, and revenge.”

Both games are set within J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe and take place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The news of the Shadow of War‘s release was leaked over the weekend when a listing for the game appeared on Target’s online store. After the listing was removed, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released its official announcement.

Players should expect to “wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth.” The sequel will also feature an expansion of the Nemesis System.

Shadow of War will be available for Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The first gameplay is set to be revealed on March 8.