Big Changes on the Horizon for ‘Shadow of War’
Houdini has nothing on game publishers, as Middle Earth: Shadow of War continues the recent trend of games backpedaling on their microtransactions and loot boxes. There hasn’t been a disappearing act like this since Will’s father left on that one episode of Fresh Prince. Systems tied to real-world money spending in Shadow of War are getting axed after months of backlash. Numerous aspects of the game’s mechanics are being overhauled for a cohesive experience.
Developer Monolith Productions posted a statement regarding the changes:
While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System.
They continue on to say:
It allows you to miss out on the awesome player stories you would have otherwise created, and it compromises those same stories even if you don’t buy anything.
Shadow of War received heavy criticism last fall regarding its progression system heavily pushing microtransactions to complete end game content. This news comes shortly after Battlefront 2 got rid of their loot box and progression system being tied to real-world money.
Everything Must Go
When May 8 hits, Gold will no longer be purchasable. Also, players will have until July 17 to burn through any real-world money before War Chests and the Market close indefinitely. These players are probably sweating almost as much as anyone with a Toys “R” Us gift card right now.
The gaming industry has been in hot water for the last several months as US lawmakers have taken notice of the loot box controversy. The ESRB even created a new label and guides to protect consumers, plus curb government regulation.
The loot boxes in Shadow of War aren’t totally going away. Monolith is just trying this radical idea of letting gamers earn everything in-game. Crazy concept, right? All rewards from the boxes will still be obtainable in Online Conquests and Online Vendettas.
Monolith said that they will be adding more gameplay features such as “including Nemesis System updates, new player skins, skill tree additions, gear system upgrades and progression updates,” on top of other additions down the line.
Are these changes enough to make you pick up Shadow of War? What other game would you like to see massive changes in as well? Leave your comments!