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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now launch one week earlier

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now launch one week earlier than initially announced, developer Monolith Productions announced today.

The PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions will launch on Sept. 30, while the Windows PC and Steam versions will be available later that week on Oct. 2.

According to a statement by publisher Warner Bros., the decision to bump up the release date was based on "hearing fans' excitement."

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, originally slated to launch on Oct. 7, is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic fantasy world and features a storyline set chronologically between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Players follow Talion, a slain Ranger who has been resurrected by a mysterious Wraith that shares Talion's desire for revenge against the Dark Lord Sauron. Check out our video below with design director Michael de Plater for more details on the game's Nemesis system and how it adapts Tolkien's lore.