Microtransactions to be removed from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Updated: April 8th, 2018BrantonGames, MiscLeave a Comment

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Microtransactions. Everyone’s favorite buzz word. Especially when it’s associated with games that are primarily single player like Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. However, it’s always surprising to see a company actually take steps to remove them from a game like is the case with ME: SoW.

But, is it too little too late? Personally, I think it might be. However, I always give credit where it’s due and this is one of those times. Warner Bros, or Monolith, or whoever made the decision to remove MTX from Shadow of War, good job. It’s a step in the right direction, without a doubt.

In a recent release on Steam, a Monolith representative announced these sweeping changes by stating “[…] we’ll be releasing a series of free updates in the coming months to offer current fans and new players the best Shadow of War experience we possibly can.” The updates mentioned are the complete removal of all microtransactions from SoW. The release goes on to say “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.”

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.

To some this is going to come as a relief as you’ve been waiting forever to jump into Shadow of War, but to others I could completely understand if this is too little too late. Especially if you’ve already been sucked into spending money on MTX.

It’s worth noting that the player count for Shadow of War has dropped significantly since release. In October 2017, according to Steamcharts, there were an average of 19,529 players at any given time. By November 2017 that count dropped by 62% for an average of 7307. In December that dropped by another 32% and has continued to drop each month by 30-35% until now. Over the last 30-days, the average player count is only 1484.

In any event, the release goes on to state that these changes will start going into effect on May 8th and will be fully implemented by June 17th. Specifically, it says “The ability to purchase Gold will permanently cease on May 8, 2018. The permanent removal of Gold, War Chests and the Market will take place on July 17, 2018” which means you still have some time left to spend any remaining gold you might be holding onto.

The ability to purchase Gold will permanently cease on May 8, 2018. The permanent removal of Gold, War Chests and the Market will take place on July 17, 2018

What are your thoughts on this change? Too little too late? Let me know in the comments! 

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