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Middle-earth: Shadow of War removing microtransactions and loot boxes

All the loot boxes and microtransactions are being taken out of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, with the option to earn them through different quests remaining.

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All the loot boxes and microtransactions are being taken out of Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

The choice to spend real money in the game, to purchase in-game gold, will be removed on 8th May. The War Chests (loot boxes) and the Market, will leave on 17th July.

Players will be able to earn loot boxes, but only through playing Online Conquests and Online Vendettas.

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Developer Monolith posted statement regarding the change:

“The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world.

While purchasing orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realise that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System.

 

“It allows you to miss out on the awesome player stories you would have otherwise created, and it compromises those same stories even if you don’t buy anything. Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses.

 

“In order to fully restore the core promise of the Nemesis System, we’ll be permanently removing gold, War Chests and the Market from Shadow of War. This means the option to purchase gold with real-world money and the ability to gain orc followers from War Chests will be removed. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilise their unused gold. If players have unused gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining gold will be converted to in-game items.”


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