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Middle-earth Shadow of War pulls microtransactions

Six months after its release, Middle-earth Shadow of War will pull its in-game microtransactions.

“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,” a new post by developer Monolith reads.

“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.”


While this is tremendous news, the bittersweet portion of it is that the change won’t come into play until July this year. Anyone that has in-game microtransaction-based currency will have until 17 July to spend it. That same day, in-game transactions will be suspended while the update detailed above is put in place.

What do you make of the decision? Too little too late, or amazing?

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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