Middle-earth: Shadow of War will get 'infinite Shadow Wars' in a coming update

War never changes, as the saying goes, and soon it will never end, either—at least, not in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Monolith revealed in a recent livesteam that "infinite Shadow Wars," which will provide endless fort defense at the end of the game, will be released alongside the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis expansion. 

Shadow Wars is basically an end-game sequence in which the forces of Mordor launch counter-attacks against fortresses held by the good guys. (That's you.) It sounds like a terrible grind to get the game's "real" ending, but apparently a lot of players quite like it, and they want the option to carry it on indefinitely. Monolith said during the stream that the option is "coming very quickly," although a specific date wasn't revealed. 

Eurogamer said that the Infinite Shadow Wars mode will be released as part of a free update (the Slaughter Tribe DLC is part of the $40 "expansion pass"), but the video clip doesn't specify one way or the other so I've reached out to confirm, and will update when I have a reply. While you wait, catch up with Tim's tragic tale of humiliation, defeat, and rage-quits at the hands of Mozû the Blight, "Fuck this one particular orc."

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.