Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Is Adding Microtransactions To The Nemesis System

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Is Adding Microtransactions To The Nemesis System

Shadow of War will feature microtransactions and Loot Boxes, developer Monolith recently confirmed.

Shadow of War's Market system acts as an in-game store for purchasing Loot Chests, War Chests, XP Boosts, and Bundles. Gear varies in rarity, with higher levels giving Talion better ability boosts.

Loot Chests - Loot Chests contain gear, meaning weapons and armor. After all, your Shadow of Mordor playthrough can live on through the Nemesis Forge, so you don't have to worry about what happened to your most hated enemy if you choose to let them follow you into Shadow of War.

XP boosts will also be available.

These items are obtainable by spending in-game currency called Mirian, which you get in the game by defeating certain Orcs, destroying gear, destroying orc followers for gear (which can then be destroyed for Mirian), or finding Mirian stashes in the game. Bundles, meanwhile, contain Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts together at "great value" that can be bought with either Mirian or Gold.

Yes, even after countless a furore over games forcing players to connect and stay online while they play, Shadow of War is once again forcing it down players' throats. All content can be acquired naturally through normal gameplay. As usual, the inclusion of loot boxes in a game that would normally be offline-only has caused quite a rift in the gaming community, but Community Manager MonolithJared is attempting to calm down the fans. Users on Reddit certainly don't appear to be thrilled with the change.

But it's not so much the game's microtransactions that have people concerned. Yes, loot boxes and microtransactions are coming to Middle-earth. Participating in community challenges and completing specific milestones will earn you Gold as well.

TechRaptor picked up the news from a forum post over on the WB Games website, where the publisher proudly announced the microtransaction marketplace.

But the rest of the game can be played offline, as confirmed by Monolith on Discord.

Shadow Of War is an open-world action adventure game in development at Monolith Productions and is scheduled to launch on October 10, 2017, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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