In quite a strange turn of events we've already got the official Middle-Earth: Shadow of War system requirements. This time yesterday we didn't even know it existed, then Warner Bros announced it at lunch, and here we are now with the PC specs you'll need to play the Mordor sequel. Considering Shadow of War is being announced less than six months before its launch, I can only presume development is almost finished and they're holding out for a quiet period to launch. So no more rambling, here's the (fairly demanding) system requirements you're going to need to play Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on PC.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB available space

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.40 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB available space 

I think the main thing to point out is there CPU demands for Shadow of War. Ouch. You're going to need some top-tier hardware in order to see it looking its finest. An AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i7-3770 are recommended which, while old, are both powerful processors. A lot of this is probably down to the much larger battles which are promised to feature in Shadow of War, featuring dozens of troops and systemically generated fortresses based on your gameplay actions.

The minimum specs for Shadow of War aren't a system killer, but ultimately this is a game which is slightly more demanding than Mass Effect Andromeda, and way beyond the original Shadow of Mordor, which had a GTX 660 as the recommended graphics card.

As such we can expect a major visual overhaul. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will no longer be holding it back, so odds are Shadow of War is going to look incredible. Because the LithTech engine is proprietary we haven't actually seen any other games take advantage of the latest version, so the jury's out on what's in store.

Looking at the recommended specs I think we can safely assume that's going to get decent frame rates at high settings on both 1080p and 1440p, however if Shadow of War is anything like Shadow of Mordor, expect it be a serious VRAM hog. While an RX 480 4GB and a GTX 970 are recommended, expect much stronger performance from the RX 480 8GB and the GTX 1060.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Middle-Earth: Shadow of War System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Middle-Earth: Shadow of War GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.