Why Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s delay could be good for potential Scorpio owners

Why a two month delay might not be the worst thing in the world for those considering Xbox Scorpio.

Devs hate delays, publishers hate delays, gamers hate delays. Still, the latest game hit by the delay bug, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War might not be too bad of a deal for people planning on buying the upcoming Xbox Scorpio. Back when the game was revealed, developer Monolith was transparent in saying the game would be taking full advantage of the added power coming with Scorpio when the console launched.

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Now that Shadow of War is taking a few extra weeks and launching on October 10 instead of August 22, it’s looking more likely that the game will come out mere weeks ahead of the newest Xbox console rather than months. The silver lining for Scorpio owners is that waiting just a few weeks to pick of Shadow of War instead of months makes it a lot easier to make the first play through of the game on Scorpio rather than simply revisiting it for a second or third time months later. As a reminder, the game is also launching as a Play Anywhere title, so save games, DLC and achievements will all transfer from platform to platform, so you can start the game on Xbox One or Windows 10 PC and hop over to Scorpio once the console releases without losing any progress.

The delay has even included some speculation that Shadow of War’s delay is to coincide with the launch of Xbox Scorpio, but the delay seems more coincidental than intentional. The more likely scenario is that the game could use a few more weeks of polish and with Rockstar’s goliath Red Dead Redemption 2 being delayed from this fall until sometime after April 1, 2018, Monolith might feel like they’ve got a little more breathing room moving Shadow of War’s launch into October.

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Taking advantage of Scorpio isn’t the first time Monolith has tweaked its games to get the most out of the latest console hardware. When the PS4 Pro launched late last year, Monolith patched Shadow of Mordor to push performance on the upgraded specs. It’s safe to say there’ll be a Pro version of Shadow of War when it launches this year, too.

Shadow of War isn’t the only game catering to Scorpio’s hardware this fall. Rumor has it Star Wars Battlefront II, Call of Duty WWII and Destiny 2 will all have Scorpio optimization, and it’s safe to say all of Xbox One’s suite of first party games will also be supporting Scorpio at launch.

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With Xbox’s E3 less than two weeks away, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing more of Shadow of War and other Xbox Scorpio games very, very soon. Catch Xbox’s E3 live on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox.com, directly on your Xbox One console or on Mixer (formerly Beam). Mixer and YouTube will be streaming the show live in 4K. The show begins Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. PST/ 5 p.m. EST and will run for roughly 90 minutes.

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