Any fans of Tolkein who are avid gamers will have played Shadow of Mordor, or certainly have heard other rave about it and have been foaming at the mouth to get some time to give it the concentration it deserves (I happen to be in the latter and trust me it’s driving me crazy not having had the chance yet). This week the sequel, Shadow of War, was leaked by Target’s international site, and already we have had not just confirmation but a detailed Collector’s Edition announced with a hefty price tag.
We have seen some ridiculous special editions, featuring stuff like zombie proof houses or the chance to star in a movie, but these have all been more for show and jest than serious editions that anyone would actually buy. For normal, sane people most Collectors Editions come in at between 50-100% more than the original game, although we have been seeing an increasing trend in making miniature working figurines or remote controlled models such as the space rovers for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Shadow of Mordor though has a really ambitious price tag of $300 for a pretty standard set of contents. The Shadow of War: Mithril edition contains the following:
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition with Exclusive Steelcase
- Premium Case with Magnetic Ring of Power
- Exclusive Mithril War Chest
- Official Game Music Soundtrack
- Limited Edition 12″ Tar-Goroth Balrog vs. Carnan Drake Statue
- Cloth Map of Mordor
- Collection of Exclusive Lithographs
- Tribe Sticker Pack
- Collector’s Box
So no remote control dragon or orc head bottle opener to really make it special… Just a pretty standard collectible and some decorations for your walls and desk. It might be ambitious, but it certainly isn’t out of the realms of ludicrousness, so if you are a huge fan and are looking to compliment your Mines of Moria set with a detailed Balrog then this is sure to excite you. While we only have pricing from GameStop in the US, you can be sure that any local prices will follow pretty closely to this. So far the game has been announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but the Mithril Edition so far is only listed for PS4 and Xbox, so there is no official word as yet on whether PC players will have a chance to get their own CE. If you haven’t seen the announcement trailer, check it out below, and gameplay footage has been promised for 8 March.