Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of War cover
Monolith Productions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Firebird Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows October 10, 2017
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG, Open world, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Middle-earth: Shadow
Middle-earth: Shadow of War on HowLongToBeat
Middle-earth: Shadow of War on IGDB
Middle-earth: Shadow of War guide on StrategyWiki
Middle-earth: Shadow of War on MobyGames
Middle-earth: Shadow of War on Wikipedia
Middle-earth: Shadow
Subseries of Middle-earth
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 2017

General information

Official wiki for Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Definitive Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Standard edition not available in all regions. Definitive Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox Game Pass for PC. Definitive Edition also available.
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Definitive Edition also available.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Steam version require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[2][3]


Type Notes
DLC DLC containing new orc tribes is available.
Expansion pack Expansion pack adding two new mini-campaigns is available.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Expansion Pass Includes all DLC (both nemesis and story expansions).
Story Expansion Pass Includes the two story expansion DLC.
4K Cinematic Pack Free.
The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
High Resolution Texture Pack Free. Must be installed to use Ultra textures.
Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
Starter Bundle No longer available for purchase since the May 8, 2018 update that removed microtransactions from the game.[4]


Type Notes
No microtransactions Middle-earth: Shadow of War currently contains no microtransactions.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War used to contain an extensive in-game real money payment marketplace, which offered lootboxes with gameplay-affecting premium orcs. Approximately 9 months after launch, the in-game marketplace was removed and the pacing of the game and the ending was rebalanced to account for this.[5]


A Demo is available on Steam. Progress from the Demo will carry over into the full game.

Version differences[edit]

The Definitive Edition all includes all DLC.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\game\interface\videos\legal.
  2. Delete or rename middleware_splash and legal_splash_OG.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\WB Games\Shadow of War\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/356190/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\WB Games\Shadow of War\<user-id>_ShadowOfWar.sav
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\6DA520A3.1673586F56C6C_ykvmsk3s73586\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\356190\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/356190/pfx/[Note 1]
The game keeps 5 backup saves named <user-id>_#_ShadowOfWar.sav.
The <user-id> for the Steam save is the SteamID3 of the account in hex format.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Only the latest save is backed up.
Xbox Cloud


Video settings
Video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings


Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Menu controls cannot be remapped away from default WASD.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Slider with arbitrary minimum and maximum values.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired
Generic/other controllers
See expanded button prompts
Button prompts
With a controller connected, the button style can be switched in game regardless of the type of controller that is connected. Available options are XBox One, Xbox 360 and Dualshock 4 controller button styles.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Latin American Spanish
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing on startup on Windows 7 machines[edit]

Download and install both the Windows 7 Platform Update and Internet Explorer 11[7]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.6e

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz
AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/356190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (356190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Shadow of War highlights the strengths and weaknesses of PS4 Pro - Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2018-10-15
  2. Steam - Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ EULA - last accessed on 2018-07-17
  3. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-12-23
    Microsoft Store version does not seem to use Denuvo Anti-Tamper based on the size of the executable (59,226 KB), the lack of connection to any of the regular Denuvo Anti-Tamper servers (neither srv01-srv03 nor revalidate.wbgames.com), how fast the game starts to initialize on launch (basically instant), as well as the lack of an offline token in any of the usual folders.
  4. Steam Community - News - Important Free Updates Coming to Shadow of War - last accessed on 2018-07-17
  5. All Microtransactions Have Been Removed From Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War - last accessed on 2022-03-27
  6. This is how to skip intro in Shadow of War - last accessed on 2021-08-06
  7. https://middle-earthgamessupport.wbgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001097567-Direct3D-11-1-API-not-available-error