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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Dropping Premium Currency and War Chests on July 17

Category: Gaming
Posted: 05:07PM

Loot boxes by any name, especially those purchased by micro-transactions, have come under great scrutiny in recent months, along with the games that offered them. One of those games, Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be dropping its War Chests along with the Market and the Gold premium currency even come July 17 as part of a free update. Changes to the campaign and a number of updates and new content will also be added on that date.

According to the official announcement on these changes, the reasons come from play feedback and the sense the ability to purchase orcs compromises the Nemesis System. With this system, players are able to build and experience their own stories as they find and gather Orc allies, so the ability to purchase them weakens these stories and even damages the immersion just by existing. While Gold to make these purchases will be removed on July 17, the actual ability to purchase Gold will end May 8, leaving time for already purchased gold to be spent. Any Hold not spent will be converted to in-game items.

A number of other updates are also coming on the July 17 date, including changes to the Shadow Wars part of the campaign, which involved having the players defend the fortresses they have acquired from Sauron's attacks. New narrative elements will be added and the experience will be streamlined and made more cohesive as well. The Endless Siege mode added in November will continue to offer the current Shadow Wars experience. Other improvements will be detailed in future build notes, such as Nemesis System updates, player skins, additions to the skill tree, hear system upgrades, and progression updates. It looks like July 17 will be a significant update for the game. The Desolation of Mordor story expansion DLC is scheduled to release in May and is the game’s second and last story expansion.

Source: WB Games

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