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Shadow of War to scrap ALL microtransactions

Monolith Productions has announced a series of free updates coming to Middle Earth: Shadow of War in the coming months, which will include the removal of microtransactions from the game.

Players can currently purchase a variety of War Chests using real money, containing epic and legendary orcs for use in the game’s Nemesis System. This option will not be available following the upcoming update on July 17.

‘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,’ Monolith said on the official message board.

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Those with remaining gold will have a limited amount of time to spend this currency before it’s converted into in-game items upon the update’s release. You can more detailed information on the changes in this FAQ released by Monolith. 

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Alongside changes to microtransactions, Monolith Productions will also be making alterations to Shadow of War’s campaign with ‘new narrative elements’ that hope to provide a ‘more cohesive experience.’

Players can expect new weapons, equipment, skins and changes to the Nemesis System following the removal of purchasable War Chests.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War launched for PS4, Xbox One and PC in October 2017 to positive critical reception. Here’s a snippet from our 8/10 review:

‘Shadow of War doubles down on everything that was already brilliant in Shadow of Mordor for a good 30-40 hours of stupidly absorbing stealth, action and warfare.’

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