As revealed by Target over the weekend, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is getting a sequel on August 22 called Shadow of War. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, here’s nearly two and a half minutes of standard Middle-Earth cinematics, with the promise of gameplay on March 8.

As expected, players will be wielding a new Ring of Power against iconic foes like Sauron and the Nazgul. The trailer description notes that the Nemesis system is expanded for the sequel, with player actions shaping the entire world. Neat!

In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players 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 open-world RPG is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.

Considering this weekend’s leak, it’s a possibility this trailer was rushed out the door. Maybe it was supposed to be released alongside next week’s gameplay trailer. As it stands it’s a pretty bland example of paint-by-numbers high fantasy fare.

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I guess now we wait until the 8th, unless Target wants to show us gameplay earlier.