Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be released on Octobe 10th but the reviews for the game are already out. In addition to the reviews, the pre-load for the game is also up on PC and the download size for it is rather ridiculous for a game that uses pre-rendered videos for in-game cutscenes.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War pre-load will require you to download 97 GB of data as the image below reveals. This download size doesn’t contain any 4K assets so unlike Forza Motorsport 7, it is a case of bloated file size related to the various language files that are included in this pre-load.
The console versions are smaller – in the ~70GB range once you've added the 4K video. Maybe more high-rez textures for the PC.
— Dan Stapleton (@DanStapleton) October 6, 2017
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is also available on the PS4 and Xbox One but the install size is rather small on these platforms. The PS4 version of the game takes less than 70 GB with the patch installed for it compared to the PC version.
Shadow of War is the sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and it features a large world map with new invasion mechanics while utilizing the same Nemesis system that has been used in Shadow of Mordor. This results in a game which plays part RTS and part action RPG while giving you plenty of enemies and allies in this process as you progress through the story.