Publisher Warner Bros. and developer Monolith Productions will be permanently removing Middle Earth Shadow of War Microtransactions from the game.
The game’s development team confirmed this on the official Warner Bros. forums some hours ago.
Gold, War Chests and the Market will be completely removed from to restore the “core promise” of the game’s Nemesis System.
“While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System”, community admin Mark Davin writes. “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 utilize 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.”
The option to buy Gold will cease next month on May 8, while Gold, War Chests and the Market will be permanently removed from the game on July 17, 2018.
In addition to the above, Monolith has announced free updates for the Shadow Wars mode, which will be receiving new narrative elements and various other gameplay improvements, including Nemesis System updates, new player skins, skill tree additions, gear system upgrades and progression updates.
These free updates will made available on July 17, 2018.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was released back in September of last year.