Shadow of War Goes Cold Turkey on Microtransactions
Author: Sam Tree
| Posted: 18 July 2018, 07:13
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War released last October; at a time when the future of microtransactions was rocky at best. In an ever-evolving environment, the much-hated and bane of video gamers everywhere came under fire thanks to EA and Battlefront II. As a reactionWarner Bros. promised to remove microtransactions – and now they have.
In a new update, released yesterday, the company has completely removed the in-game market from Shadow of War. Any Orcs that players have recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, while Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customise your army of Orcs.
In addition, the Epilogue has been renamed and streamlined. Now including narration from Shelob, the WitchKing and Dark Tailon. Victory in the Epilogue will now reward players with Masks of the Nazgûl which unlocks powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summons more powerful monsters.
The level cap for follows has now been increased to 80 while the max level for enemy captains has been bumped up to level 85. Players have the chance to level up faster with Nemesis Missions and defeating Captains and Online Conquests which will yield great XP rewards. Mirian can also be spent to upgrade gear.
As if that wasn’t enough – More Legendary Orcs have been added into encounter while there are more ways to get Training Orders; including Legendary Training Orders. Followers can also surprise players with gifts on occasion.
Fair play to Warner Bros. That’s a decent update for a game that’s been out for nearly a year. The above is just a short rundown of the new additions, for a full list check out the community forums.