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

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

Microtransactions in the game Middle Earth: Shadow of War have never been popular. To the point that fans of the game have asked developer Monolith Productions over and over to get rid of them, and there was a huge backlash against the game when it was released in October because of them.

Finally, Monolith has listened to the game’s players and has just announced microtransactions will be removed from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War permanently from May 8th.

That means, if you still have gold after May 8th, you can convert it to various in-game items. The game’s currency, Mirian, will also be able to be used to buy fortress upgrades, gem slots, to upgrade old gear, purchase Training Orders or even re-roll stats.

The Middle Earth: Shadow of War in-game store will also disappear permanently on July 17th, so you have just over three months to buy what you need with any gold or Mirian you have left.

An official statement about the removal of microtransactions also appeared on the game’s website this week saying:

“The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world. 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. 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. Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses. 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. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilize their unused Gold. If players have unused Gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining Gold will be converted to in-game items.”

And if you have not signed up for Middle Earth: Shadow of War because you hate microtransactions, now is your chance to do so.

Watch Gamespot’s ‘5 Beginner’s Tips‘ video below to help get you started.