If you were really into spending real-world money to boost things in Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, then you may need to get on that bandwagon a little more as it will be going away. Well, at least the Gold and War Chest aspect of the game is going away as Monolith Productions is pulling the plug on it and keeping the game flowing in all of the other ways. So if you like shelling out that money to get virtual things in Shadow Of War, get on that as it goes away On May 8th when the next big update for the game is coming. At least the ability to purchase the Gold that can be used in the Market to purchase other things. You will still be able to spend any and all of your Gold until July 17th when the whole system is being removed from the game. All unused Gold will just be randomly transferred into other in-game items, so it could be better to get what you want now.
The reason for all of this, it pretty much removed one of the core aspects of Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War and its Nemesis System. Being able to purchase Orcs as you wished removed some of the organic aspects and story that you could experience in the game. For those reasons, things are beginning changed so you will have to go out meet your followers instead of pay for them. Yet another video game making us go outside and play, so to speak. I also jest as it is a good move so they can keep things a bit more balanced in Shadow Of War as well as keep players actually playing things the way it was all intended. For those who want to pay to win, so to speak, you better get on out there and start paying to make sure you are all stocked up before those dates.
Here is the official word on all of this so you can better understand what is going on with Shadow Of War. There are also a few other tidbits you hardcore fans will enjoy to find out about the game. Enjoy.
We want to thank all of the Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War players, as we’ve learned a lot from you. Since we released the game last fall, we’ve been listening to your feedback and continue to update and improve the experience. With that in mind, we’ll be releasing a series of free updates in the coming months to offer current fans and new players the best Shadow Of War experience we possibly can.
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. 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. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilize their unused Gold. If players have unused Gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining Gold will be converted to in-game items.
Additionally, we’ll be updating the Shadow Wars section of the campaign, where players defend their fortresses against Sauron’s repeated counter-attacks. This portion of the game will be improved with new narrative elements and streamlined for a more cohesive experience. For players who choose to continue with these on-going fortress defense missions, the Endless Siege update released last November will still be available. We’ll also be incorporating many other gameplay improvements that will be detailed in future build notes, including Nemesis System updates, new player skins, skill tree additions, gear system upgrades and progression updates, just to name a few that we’re excited about.
Please note that the above updates are free for all Shadow Of War owners. The ability to purchase Gold will permanently cease on May 8, 2018. The permanent removal of Gold, War Chests and the Market will take place on July 17, 2018, at the same time as all other updates discussed above.
The entire team here at Monolith appreciates our dedicated fans, and we feel that these improvements will provide all players with the very best Shadow Of War gameplay experience. In the meantime, we’ll keep everyone informed throughout the process as we work through the details associated with these changes. We’ve also posted a FAQ as a reference to provide additional information.
Thank you again for your support, Monolith Productions
What do you think about the micro-transactions getting dumped from Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War? DO you think it is a little too late for this or will it help bolster the game back to where it should have been since launch? How random of items will players get if they do not spend their Gold before the cutoff date? Give us your thoughts and ideas down in the comments and then discuss. As more on Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War is out there, we will update you here. All you have to do is keep checking in on the site to make sure you have stayed up to speed.