Middle Earth: Shadow of War was originally slated for release in August, but it seems that Monolith Studios want to add a little bit more spit and polish to the product, as the game has been delayed to October instead.
On the official community blog, the developers of Shadow of war apologised to fans about the delay in a statement that reads:
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
Two months is hardly something to get too upset about, since other games have seen much bigger delays in the past, and it’s part of the business. What I don’t always understand is the need for studios and publishers to set a date in stone a long time before release. This sets them, and fans up for potential disappointment when the game does see a bit of a delay.
Monolith did promise in the statement that we’ll see more of what Shadow of War will have on offer at E3, which is just around the corner.