Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Xbox One X Version Took Less Than 1 Day, Lack of Switch Version Explained

” I know that our tech team got it up and running on the Xbox One X dev kit within a day.”

Posted By | On 01st, Jul. 2017 Under News

Like many third party titles, Monolith Productions’ Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will not be coming to the Nintendo Switch. GamingBolt had a chance to speak to design director Bob Roberts to find out why. When asked about a possible Switch version, Roberts first clarified that, “We have no Switch plans right now.” Why is that the case? “I don’t know all that went into that decision,” he said.

However, when asked about whether the Switch’s processing power had anything to do with it, Roberts noted that, “I’m really not sure. I know that our tech team got it up and running on the Xbox One X dev kit within a day. I think that’s a big deal for us: how much work do we have to devote to supporting another console versus making the game better?

“I really don’t know to what degree if they got those kits, and decided it would be too much. Or they never got them because Warner Bros. didn’t want us to invest our time there. I have no idea. It could have been at a higher level at Monolith. It could have been down to the tech. Anything is possible.”

Regardless, if you want to experience the vast scale of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War when it releases in October, it’s best to do so on the Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4, PS4 Pro or PC. Stay tuned for more information on the game in the coming months.

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    The first step in being a great console is to win over the developers everyone else will follow

    Xbox One X FTW

    • Clate

      Yes, it is good to see that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are both going to be easy for the industry to support. This game is looking awesome!

    • Mr Xrat

      A shame the Shitbox Done will never be great, isn’t it, Kirk?

      Did you think up that line yourself or did CrapGamer feed it to you?

  • TheRandomOne

    Im guessing next gen Sony & Microsoft will follow suit with their own hand held particularly Microsoft since it will have them thinking they can win Japan

    • Mark

      Microsoft will sell 50 handheld units if they launch in Japan ahaha. It is what it is. But Sony may actually do that

    • TheRandomOne

      At least this time we can play Console Games I tried getting a PSP once but did not care for the games so thank you Nintendo for starting a trend here

    • Mark

      True. Although I don’t have a Switch, the dam thing is awesome because of that

    • TheRandomOne

      I play the Switch more in Portable mode than in Dock mode

  • Matt

    Well going off that UE4 demo of that apartment that Japenese developer shown running on Switch and the fact there are 20 unknown UE4 games being developed in Japan as we speak and Miyamoto saying they have mastered the UE4 for there games and Metroid Prime 4 on the way I’m positive 2018 will show just how powerful Switch is and probably clarify if it is pascal or maxwell ver2 ?

    Also people need to understand ps4 chips are from 2012 or even older the Switch is using a custom Tegra chip designed on either Maxwell ver2 or Pascal basically designed for high performance with low power,ps4 is old tech but powerful so the power will not give as high performance for what it’s power suggests compared to more modern tech end of and 2018 will show you this…

    Ps4 in it’s 1st year had graphics problems from all developers basically frame rate problems,resolution problems the lot,ps4’s 1st Fifa was 14 I think and the graphics were crap compared to Switch Fifa 18,people need to get a grip most consoles don’t show no where near there full performance in there 1st year but everyone has forgot that all of a sudden with Switch…..

    • Vlad Radu Anghel

      You are… Entirely wrong. The Tegra chip inside the Switch has already been proven (via various teardowns) to be exactly the same Tegra X1 as the one used in nVidia Shield. 100% stock, Maxwell uarch. In terms of hardware there is nothing custom about it and it has lower clocks than in the Shield. The “custom” part was all relative to the software. As for the comparison with PS4… Wishful thinking. The Switch outputs around 400 Gflops (in docked mode). For comparison the XOne is 1,21 Tflops, PS4 is 1,84 Tflops, PS4 Pro is 4.2 Tflops and XOneX is 6 Tflops. Now the nVidia GPUs have a higher per flop efficiency than their AMD counterparts, but even accounting for 50 higher efficiency, that would put the Switch at half the power of the base XOne. Let’s not start another conspiracy theory like what had happened with misterxmedia and the supposed hidden power of the XOne, please…

    • Eddie Battikha

      Maxwell ver2 or Pascal LMFAO another Rookie Blue.

    • Mr Xrat

      Switch is going to destroy the Shitbox Done. Lock that in.

    • Destroy it in sales? Maybe. Destroy it graphically or with third party titles? No.

    • Mr Xrat

      Didn’t stop the Wii demolishing the PS3 and 360 ten years ago

    • Like you will buy either, lol.

    • Thinking Switch has some secret sauce that get unlocked is just asking for disappointment. Just think of it more like a portable and you won’t have unrealistic expectations on ports.


      Already been clarified as to what the hardware is based off of in the Switch. Maxwell revision 2 and not the Pascal I was personally hoping for in my decision to purchase the Switch.

      Plus do not forget that the “Pro” is more powerful than that of the original PS4, so that is not what the Switch is competing with. There is no way that the Switch can and will put out the fidelity of a true console in its handheld/console form on any day in a comparable resolution. Not possible at all from a technological standpoint.

      It will be nice to see what really happens in due time…. I’m personally excited about it all because it can only mean better things for the consumer as sales/competition heat up in the near future.

  • Fweds

    If you want the best resolution and framerates on Multi Format titles the answer is simple get an Xbox1X, the devs are going to be able to really do a lot with the X1X version of multi format titles.

    • Troy Marcel

      You must of hurt the salty Sonys feelings with all those down vites

    • Layne

      Nope just Mr Xrat’s feelings. He has around 30 accounts to upvote his comments and downvote everyone else’s.

  • Hvd

    suck it bungie xbox gamrs need to boycott destiny 1.5 expansion we got anthem and halo 6 coming we dont need rehashed destiny content..lmao.

    • Poseidon team

      Bungie is sucking Sony’s balls so hard this gen… that pay check must be huge!!!

    • hvd hvd

      Thats the only way they are making any money.pc gamers are going to g2a and cdkeys that crap and xbox gamers should boycott it

      no point for paying for the destiny 1.5 expansion.anthem and halo 6 are coming

    • Psionicinversion

      bungie isnt sucking anything tbh its activision making the deals.

    • Night Fall

      I have been saying that sense the first destiny. Bungie doesn’t seem to understand that, if it wasn’t for Xbox owners bungie wouldn’t have that money and fame.

    • Hvd

      yep cant wait for anthem and halo 6.

    • Mr Xrat

      Anthem is rehashed Destiny and Halo is such straight trash Uncle Phil is too afraid to show it these days.

      The absolute STATE of Xgimps.

    • Hvd

      do you ever read what you post. anthem has exo suits.did you even watch the game play?it looks 100x better then destiny 1.5 expansion…lmao.

      you need to think before you post.

  • Tga215

    Not bad Microsoft now fix the first party issue get more studios and take more risks with new IPs and your good to go

    • Mark


  • Aaron blanchard

    Switch belongs in the ditch, plain and simple. That re modelled Wii U is portable of course, but you’ll always play alone because it’s a piece of trash that no one has.

  • Mr Xrat

    No s**t, it’s an Xbone. It’s the same thing.

    Shame about the extra two months they had to add onto development to downgrade it for that 4K Uncle Phil asked for. Instead of an empty August it has to release in a packed October. Never mind.

    • Margodrodgers

      my neighbor’s aunt makes $77 every hour on the internet and she has been laid off for nine months… last month her check was $17422 just working on the internet 2 hours each day..➤ see

    • Christian Armstrong

      I’ve read this comment 4 times now and have absolutely no Idea what you are trying to say. I even tried looking at it cross eyed like you do with those magic eye pictures to see if it turned into a dolphin or a house but no luck :/

    • Psionicinversion

      Why would they add 2 months onto development for x1x when it releases the month before it? Its just following the pattern of almost every AAA game getting delayed. The only ones that don’t are the ones on yearly releases like call of duty when they throw it out broken and fix later

    • kee1haul

      Upvoting yourself 20 times now? You’re sad as f*ck.

    • Mr Xrat

      Stay cucked, Mark.

    • kee1haul

      Your life is worthless and you need to look seriously at it.

    • Kangaruz

      I really hope you get paid by Sony for all this commitment.

    • kreator
    • Darth Vader™

      Damn son, is this Revolver Ocelot? With the same dead accounts he uses over at VG247?
      This is pretty low…

    • King Console

      xbox one x you mean you are so embarrising

  • Poseidon team

    Sony took the Microsoft E3 trailer of Anthem running on Xbox One X… if you slowdown the video to 25% speed you see the RB & LB fade and be replaced by R1 & L1… and PS4 fans in the comments saying “looks as good as X1 X, not reason to get one.”

    HILARIOUS!!! #4theplayers

    Read the comment section to see where you can see the proof: https://youtu.be/dujsHioT8zI

    • Ocelot forgot his meds

      What an embarrassment !

    • efnet

      Lol wow where are the articles from the media

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Is this real? Or was it made as a parody? T would be funny if in fact Sony used Xbox One X footage…lol

    • Smart guy


    • Mr Xrat

      Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the PC version anyway. 🙂

    • King Console

      confirmed xbox kid

  • Cenk Algu

    He has at least 30 accounts.

    • efnet

      30? Try 50 lol

  • kee1haul

    lol such a loser.

  • Mr Xrat

    Xgimps hyping up another MP-focused multiplat in lieu of exclusives worth caring about which will end up flopping hard. First Titanfall, then Evolve, the The Division, now this. If first time is tragedy and second time is farce, what’s the fourth time, slaphead? Hahahah!

  • Ryan Mahaffey

    “it’s best to do so on…” Lists every console available…

    Nah nah nah, the best place to play it would be
    PC>>>Xbox one X>Ps4 pro.

  • King Console

    he’s being doing it for years he’s upset is precious box doesn’t have the power narrative

    • efnet

      Lol that’s sad dude, who does that? Lol

  • Less than a day? That is impressive.

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