The community manager for Monolith Games, has recently posted a message for those eagerly awaiting the release of the game Middle Earth: Shadow of War. By some interpretations, it’s not good news. The open world game has now been pushed back to a world-wide October 10 release.
Making games isn’t exactly like making movies. The production pipeline is astonishingly similar, especially with the advent of computer animation in theatrical motion pictures – but game production has that little something extra. Each game has a unique architecture, and the more challenging or different a game is to build, the greater the risk that what looked easy to write will turn out to be pretty tough after all. The production team simply needs more time to finish, and unlike a motion picture, they can’t just rush it. Do that with a game it it may not even run correctly.
The developer recently said that the title, which is set in the same universe as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, will not be coming to Nintendo Switch. Here’s the exact quote from the WB Games Blog:
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will now launch worldwide on Oct. 10, 2017**.
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.
– The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Team
**Some territories such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan will have a different release date.
The open-world game was originally slated to launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 22 in North America. This new announcement means it’s going to be delayed by almost two months.
The other thing we learned is that although the game is set in the same universe as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, will not be coming to Nintendo Switch. That platform is now showing signs of lacking the commercial viability Nintendo had originally intended.