In a forum post today, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War developer Monolith have announced they will be dropping the games big microtransaction system. The post also came with the news that a number of free updates are on the way to improve the game based on player’s feedback.
Responding to fans’ long term gripes, Monolith have confirmed that they are removing all Gold and Warchests from the game’s store. Monolith admitted that being able to buy Gold and gain Orc followers through Warchests “reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortress”, although quite why it took this long was not mentioned.
“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 realize 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.”
Currently, Gold is available in a range of packages ranging from $5 to $20 but from May 8th, Shadow of War will no longer have Gold, Warchests or a Market itself. Anyone with a balance of Gold on July 15th will have it automatically converted into Gold Loot Chests at a rate of 1 chest per 150 Gold.
As well as the big microtransaction news, Monolith are also addressing the ‘Shadow Wars’ part of the game’s main campaign as fans complained that it was a bit of a chore and not a lot of fun. Monolith have pledged to improve the whole experience adding “new narrative elements” and will make it much more streamlined offering “a more cohesive experience.” Monolith have also promised that Shadow of War will also feature other gameplay improvements in time, although the specifics have yet to be detailed.
I personally can’t stand microtransactions and deliberately avoided Shadow of War for this reason, so this is great news! How do you feel about them? Let us know in the comments section below or drop us a Tweet!