You might have heard rumors over the weekend, but now it’s official: we’re going back to Middle-earth.

Whether or not it intended to do so, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Monday with a trailer, a release date, and a promise of more to come. It would have been a big surprise, but Target inadvertently stole all of WB’s thunder.

The retailer grabbed headlines on Sunday with a product listing for the upcoming game. The listing — which we now know was real — eventually disappeared, but not before the internet seized all of its juicy details and box art.

Now it’s official. The above trailer confirms the Target listing’s authenticity — suggesting that other details from the listing (covered below) are accurate as well. Shadow of War will be out on Aug. 22 and the first gameplay reveal will happen on March 8.

In the upcoming game, Talion and his spectral pal Celebrimbor are up to their old tricks of facing off against Sauron. They’ve forged a new Ring of Power that they intend to use as they build an army of orcs to resist the rule of Mordor’s Dark Lord.

Since Shadow of War precedes the events of The Lord of the Rings and we all know how that turned out, it’s safe to assume that the whole "let’s re-take Mordor" plan doesn’t exactly work out. But if Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was any indication, it’ll be fun to try!

The previous game introduced the "Nemesis System," which allowed players — as Talion — to conscript the orc leaders of Sauron’s forces as his own. Nemesis returns in Shadow of War with unspecified changes that we’ll likely learn more about on March 8.

The Target listing outed additional details, including a "Gold Edition" that comes with Season Pass access to the game’s four post-release expansions: Slaughter Tribe Nemesis expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis expansions, The Blade of Galadriel story expansion and The Desolation of Mordor story expansion.

The two Nemesis expansions focus on the world, bringing additional orc tribes to the game, and with them more enemies, followers, gear, abilities and optional activities. The story expansions, on the other hand, add campaign content with new playable characters (much like Shadow of Mordor did).

That’s all we’ve got for now. This is a big one for WB, which saw Batman Arkham levels of success with the first game. While you can expect plenty of improvements in the sequel, the "Nemesis System" provided so many cool, new avenues for players to write their own stories that more of the same wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches on Aug. 22 for PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Windows 10, and Xbox One. It will also be coming to Project Scorpio — Microsoft’s as-yet-unnamed PS4 Pro competitor — when the new console launches this fall.

This article was sourced from http://thenewsgramonline.com