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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, Subscription gaming service
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

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a singleplayer third-person action, RPG, open world and stealth game in the Middle-earth: Shadow series.

General information

Official wiki for Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Download code only; no disc included.
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Definitive Edition also available.
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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The Steam version requires Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[2][3]


Type Notes
DLC DLC includes new orc tribes.
Expansion pack Expansion packs include two new mini-campaigns.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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

The Definitive Edition all includes all DLC.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

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.

On GOG version 1.21, you have to replace both files with empty ones (not tested on other platforms).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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\ %LOCALAPPDATA%\WB Games\Shadow of War\<Device Name>_ShadowOfWar.sav
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.
The <Device Name> or "Computer Name" for the save is your PC's Windows Name.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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. Certain actions are in "Action Groups" and all the keys in said group can't be seperate (e.g. sword attack will always be the same key as shooting)
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
Royalty free audio


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

VR support

Issues fixed

Crashing on startup on Windows 7 machines

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

Inability to transfer Steam saves to the GOG version

Tranfer saves manually[8] [9]
A variation of this process can be used to transfer a save file between Steam accounts (from one Steam ID to another). [10]
  1. Back up your GOG x64 folder.
  2. Download Goldberg Emu.
  3. Apply the emu and run the game and set it to windowed mode then exit.
  4. Copy the save file that you need to convert to %APPDATA%\Goldberg SteamEmu Saves\356190\remote.
  5. Change your save file name to be the same as the original one in the folder and replace it.
  6. Install Cheat Engine, run it and set up the short key to pause the game then close it.
  7. Download and open EncryptIDs_V4. Run the game and attach the table. When the values pop up, freeze the game quickly by using the short key.
  8. Open Hexadecimal to Decimal converter.
  9. Copy the hexadecimal value from the file name of your old save file and convert it into decimal value.
  10. Change the values of the savefiles in the cheat engine like this.
  11. Unpause the game and after loading into the game and change the values to "0" (if the savegames doesn't load then start from step 1).
  12. Go to %APPDATA%\Goldberg SteamEmu Saves\356190\remote and delete the save (should be an empty folder now).
  13. Use fast travel in the game and you will see a new save of "xxxxxxxx_shadowofwar.sav" is created in the folder.
  14. Exit the game and copy the converted save to somewhere else. Delete "356190" in Goldberg save folder and "x64" folder from the game root folder.
  15. Restore your original gog x64 folder. Run the game and exit.
  16. Copy the converted save to %LOCALAPPDATA%\WB Games\Shadow of War and change the name to GOG original name (should be "USERNAME_ShadowOfWar.sav").

Other information


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

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 - - 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, 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. - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Middle-earth Shadow of War How To Convert Saves Steam To GOG - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-06-18
  9. Verified by User:Descartas on 2023-02-21
    Laborious and complex process, but tried, tested and confirmed to be working.
  10. Shadow of war - How to transfer a save file from a steamID to another one - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-06-18