In a move that has upset a lot of people, it was recently announced that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Middle Earth: Shadow of War will have microtransactions.
Yep, everything in the ‘cash shop’ will be purchasable with both in-game currency and cold hard cash. The shop will consist of stuff like loot chests and XP-boosts among other things. Which you won’t have to grind for if you’re willing to put up the moolah.
The microtransactions are closely tied to Shadow of War’s new Nemesis system where players will be able to customise and lead their own army of Orcs. This also includes various other things like controlling fortresses and large scale sieges etc. You would have seen some of this if you’ve been following the game since E3 a few months ago.
According to the announcement, there are several ways to go about to acquire Orcs. While the normal way would be to explore the open world, encounter Orcs and dominate them, you will now be able to purchase them in the Market.
However, you can note that the loot chests contain loot of “varying rarity”. The same applies to War chest rewards and any Orc followers you might gain as well. So even if you decide to spend a boatload of money, if you have shite RNG, you’re gonna have a bad time.
As with most microtransaction systems, there will be two currencies: Mirian and Gold. Gold, while awarded in-game as well, can also be purchased with real money.
The announcement stresses that nothing in-game will be locked behind gold, so should you choose not make any in-game purchases, it will not adversely affect your game at all.
We’ve seen in-game microtransactions in other single player games a well, take Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag for example, which seemed to have done pretty decently. You can read the announcement and breakdown in detail over here.
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