Middle-earth: Shadow of War will feature loot boxes and microtransactions. These items won’t just be cosmetic though, and can be used to provide bonuses to main character Talion, and make his orc underlings more powerful.
Developer Monolith detailed what’s coming in a blog post:
- Loot Chests contain Gear (weapons and armor) of varying rarity. Equipping and upgrading these weapons and armor enhance Talion’s character abilities. Loot Chests can also contain XP Boosts that help level up Talion faster.
- War Chests provide Orc followers of varying rarity to help forge a strong army. They can also contain Training Orders to level up and customize Orc followers.
- XP Boosts are consumables that help level up Talion faster.
- Bundles package up Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts together at a great value.
Two types of currency will be needed to buy these items: Mirian and Gold. “Gold is a form of in-game currency awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenges,” the studio added. “It can also be purchased for real money through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store and by adding funds to your Steam Wallet.”
Pricing for Gold has yet to be announced.
The post continued:
Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free, but Gold gives players the option to acquire these items faster. No Gold purchases are necessary to enjoy the complete game experience.
What do you mean when you say Gold can save time?
By simply engaging with the world and playing through Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you earn items like Gear for Talion and unique Orcs for your army. These are the same items that are found in the Market within Loot Chests and War Chests. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately, cutting down some of the additional time that would have been spent winning more battles, tracking nemeses, completing quests and assaulting fortresses.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches this October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.