While gamers are accustomed to seeing launch dates delayed, it’s not common for a title’s released to be moved forward just months before it was expected to release. However, that is exactly what Warner Bros. Interactive has now done with their upcoming Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Originally scheduled to launch in October, the release Shadow of Mordor has now been pushed ahead to Sept 30 according to a report by Joystiq on Friday.
Warner Bros. revealed that they decided to move the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor up one week in response to growing player anticipation. The publisher noted that the game will be ready to release on its new date so there is nothing stopping them from moving the release forward.
It is a very odd move to see a title’s release date pushed ahead this close to launch. Generally, when games see a last-minute change in scheduling it is so the game can be pushed back to allow developers more time to finish working on the title. However, since Shadow of Mordor developer Monolith Productions doesn’t need the additional time, WB has decided to go ahead and give players access to the game one week earlier than expected.
Oddly enough, this is the second tittle that was originally scheduled to launch on Oct 7 that has had its release date changed this week. While Shadow of Mordor was moved from Oct 7 to the end of September, Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition was pushed back from the same date to Nov 18.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is now releasing on Sept 30 and will be available on both new platforms as well as last-gen consoles. The complete list of systems that the upcoming title will appear on includes Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC.