Pre-Download Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor & Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Starting Today

Post updated with amended availability timing – 9/18/14 3:00 p.m. PDT.

As we continue to roll out our digital pre-order and pre-download program, we are excited to announce that two more titles are available for pre-load starting today. First, there’s the action-packed original story set between the events of
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which puts player in the boots of a ranger named Talion who must use his wraith-like powers to avenge the death of his family. The second game, the gritty undercover cop drama Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, brings 2012’s sleeper hit into this generation with gorgeous upgraded visuals, gameplay improvements and rebuilt audio, plus the inclusion of all extra downloadable content. 

To celebrate the launch of these games, the following Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition game bundles are available for pre-order globally, starting today, through the Xbox Store on the console or online at

  • Xbox One Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Pre-Order, available starting today for $59.99, includes the standard game, plus Dark Ranger Skin and “Test of Power” Challenge Mode.
  • Xbox One Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Pre-Order, available starting today for $59.99.

Here’s how it works. When a title becomes available for digital pre-order in the Xbox Store, select “Pre-purchase” to buy and download the game. You will be charged the full amount upon transaction and may use any supported payment method, including an existing Microsoft account balance or credit card. The game will download, along with any updates issued before the release date, so the game is up-to-date and ready to play. Then, when the game is officially released to the Xbox Store, timed with local launch availability, simply go to the game in My Games & Apps, go to your pre-pinned tile, or say “Xbox, go to Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition” or “Xbox, go to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” to start playing. Titles will be available after midnight local time on the release date in your corresponding country, though some countries with multiple time zones will align to one release time. For example, in the United States, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available for play at 12:01 a.m PT on September 30 and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be available for play at 12:01 a.m. ET on October 14.

Similar to other digital downloads, you will need a consistent Internet connection to download a pre-ordered game and your Xbox One will need to be turned on or in connected standby (Instant On) mode. Of course, you can check the download progress at any time in your download queue, My Games & Apps, or on the game details page. And if you have multiple games loading simultaneously, you can prioritize titles, pause, and resume downloads in your queue.