Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gets Microtransactions for Better Gear

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gets Microtransactions for Better Gear

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.

Source: Kotaku



 

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Comments Comments (18)

 
Posted by darklordfoamy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 8:32 AM
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*slams head on desk repeatedly screaming "whyyyyyyy" while doing so*
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 8:32 AM
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Who is buying Microtransactions? because i've never bought one (cept once on Warframe to support it)
 
 
 
Posted by siamese
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 8:39 AM
2
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 8:42 AM
2
That's pretty average ...
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 9:11 AM
1
8 August 2017, 08:42 AM Reply to Romulus
That's pretty average ...
Doesn't mean we should accept it :p
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 9:29 AM
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I mean f**k playing games for fun, may as well pay a computer to play the game for you.
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 9:30 AM
4
Why though?
 
 
 
Posted by cortez72
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 9:36 AM
1
Sounds like the first MMO to feature no multiplayer element. I guess that's breaking new ground?

In all seriousness, that is a terrible idea.
 
 
 
Posted by BigC
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 9:55 AM
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8 August 2017, 08:32 AM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
Who is buying Microtransactions? because i've never bought one (cept once on Warframe to support it)
So you have then. Lol..
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 10:24 AM
1
I know its business and there are obviously people that buy this sort of thing, therefore more $$$$$, But not every game nowadays needs micro-transactions and damn lootcrates - especially a frickn' single player game.
But even games that have been released a while add them in ie ESO, Rocket League...
It adds an element for the game.. but not sure its a good one, except for pubs/devs reaping the cash.
2016/2017 and beyond - the era of the loot crate...
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 10:39 AM
2
This is so stupid, too many games have lootboxes now.

Even if you can unlock the gear by playing, microtransactions mean alot of unnecessary grind.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 11:00 AM
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8 August 2017, 09:55 AM Reply to BigC
So you have then. Lol..
Like i said, only to support a free game, which is the only instance where microtransactions are acceptable, people need to eat. but when it's a fully prices game that makes a crap tonne of profit and then slaps on microtransactions, well that's not okay.
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 11:48 AM
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8 August 2017, 10:39 AM Reply to Outlaw213
This is so stupid, too many games have lootboxes now.

Even if you can unlock the gear by playing, microtransactions mean alot of unnecessary grind.
I agree that we have reached peak Lootbox. In the recent games I've played it's in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Gears of War 3, Halo 5... heck even Horizon Zero Dawn has loot boxes (luckily there are no micro transactions there)

Capcom better not bring Microtransactions to Monster Hunter World then... the entire game is about grinding LOL. But its Capcom so... you know the just might do it.
 
 
 
Posted by Overdrive5000
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 2:03 PM
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This seems wrong, you would expect this from a free to pay game but not a full price one. Having said that I will still be buying the game anyway
 
 
 
Posted by cortez72
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 3:35 PM
1
I just thought to add:
"Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free,"

So if the content is already in a single player game, and you unlock it early, that's traditionally called a 'cheat code', except this cheat code is the 16 digit number from your credit card.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 8 Aug 2017 7:23 PM
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8 August 2017, 03:35 PM Reply to cortez72
I just thought to add:
"Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free,"

So if the content is already in a single player game, and you unlock it early, that's traditionally called a 'cheat code', except this cheat code is the 16 digit number from your credit card.
The problem with more and more games these days is that they get built around microtransactions, for example, Overwatch you have to grind for ages to get one lootbox, and they pressure you with seasonal events where you normally cant get the stuff you want without buying lootboxes. (they fill them up with so much extra crap to make sure you keep buying)
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 9 Aug 2017 10:26 AM
1
Damn it. That's a second game I miss now. First Dues now this.
Glad there's so many good games to choose from.
 
 
 
Posted by AsianFella
On Wednesday 9 Aug 2017 2:08 PM
1
Not terribly surprised. Warner Brothers has a hand in it after all.