After the removal of microtransactions for Star Wars: Battlefront II, it seems like a wise decision for Middle-earth: Shadow of War to follow its footsteps and it’s definitely good news for the players.
The developer Monolith shared the microtransactions erasure on the game’s community forum and informed us that they are going to give out free updates for all Shadow of War players.
One of the key features in the game, like its predecessor, is the Nemesis System which the players can battle against various Orc from Captains to Overlord that have their own personalities and their strengths and weaknesses. It also enables the players to establish a relationship, either becoming friends or foes depending on what the player does with Talion.
Before this, players could buy Chests with Gold in which you have to purchase using real-world money. You can buy Chests to gain Orc followers to grow your army and defend your fortresses.
According to Monolith, the existence of Gold, War Chests and Market diminish “the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses.”
Other than the complete removal of the microtransactions, there are updates for Shadow of War’s campaign section where the fortresses will be better shielded against Sauron’s attacks. There are further updates including updates to the Nemesis Systems, new player skins, skill tree additions and many more.
The Gold, War Chests and the Market will be removed altogether and the implementation of the free-of-charge updates mentioned above will begin July 17, 2018.
For those who still have unused Gold, there will be a specific amount of time where players can spend all their Gold. Otherwise, any remaining Gold will turn into in-game items. For more information about the new changes in Shadow of War, you can take a look on their FAQ page.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and was released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in September last year