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Shadow of War will be lighter on your PC than expected

Published: 14:37, 24 July 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Middle-Earth: Shadows of War has apparently had some optimisation work done to it, according to the updated hardware requirements for the game. It should now be a little lighter on your rig. In addition, some story bits have been revealed about a certain evil thing in spider-form.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be a little less demanding on PC gamer's hardware than initially . The recommended specifications have remained almost identical, with the exception of the required disc space which has gone up from 60GB to 70GB, but the official minimum specs have been rolled back a little.


  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 with Platform Update
  • Processor: AMD FX-4350, 4.2 GHz / INTEL Core i5-2300, 2.80 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD 7870, 2 GB / NVIDIA GTX 660, 2 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 70 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Processor: AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz / INTEL Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD RX 480, 4 GB / NVIDIA GTX 970, 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 70 GB available space

More story details have also been revealed, in the form of the trailer above. Shelob, the giant evil spider you may be familiar with from LOTR lore already, can now seemingly switch between femme-fatale and spider mode at will. Understandable choice, if you want your characters to be able to interact with her in a straightforward manner.

Monolith MIddle-Earth: Shadow of War - Shelop-shaped wedge MIddle-Earth: Shadow of War - Shelop-shaped wedge

According to the trailer, she also seems to be driving a wedge between the two protagonists. It all looks as flat and predictable as the what passed for a story in Shadow of Mordor, but hey - you never know. Things might turn out well for the 5 people who will actually be playing this for the story - and not the chance to lead an orc army against Sauron.

Monolith Middle-Earth: SHadow of War Middle-Earth: SHadow of War

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