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Shadow of War Update Removes Microtransactions and Market From Game Completely

If this was the reason you hadn't tried out Shadow of War yet, you should be thrilled to give it a look now. 


Previously, Middle-earth: Shadow of War had come under fire for featuring a gratuitous amount of microtransactions since its debut. Now, Warner Bros. and Monolith have taken fan feedback into consideration and have as of today removed the market and microtransactions from Shadow of War entirely thanks to a massive, free new update. In its place is the Garrison, where you'll store Orcs recruited via Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests. You'll need to spend Mirian earned in-game to train and customize your fighters, so no real cash is needed. It's something that's been a long time coming, but now that it's here, players should be overjoyed at the news.

"Since Shadow of War launched, we’ve had the Flaming Eye pointed directly at our fantastic community, and we’ve been continually watching, reading and listening to your comments, criticisms and recommendations," Michael de Plater, Vice President of Creative at Monolith Productions shared in an official PlayStation blog today. "We want to say thank you because you’ve helped us make Shadow of War into a game we are truly proud of."

"We’ve removed the market, streamlined and improved the post-campaign Epilogue, added new player skins, new Legendary gear including Nazgûl masks so you can really confuse those Orcs and introduced hundreds of fixes and improvements."

In addition to this swath of excellent new content (and the removal of the annoying stuff, of course) there are new Legendary Orcs to encounter. Some followers may even come to surprise you with gifts. There's still plenty to explore in one of the best games out there to celebrate Middle-earth, and now that it will be devoid of the frustrating things players found so heinous about it in the first place, it should hopefully continue to attract new fans. A third game in the series would certainly be nice.

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    July 17, 2018 1:20 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Shadow of War Update Removes Microtransactions and Market From Game Completely

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      July 17, 2018 1:29 PM

      I'm playing through this game right now and it's...ok. the story is totally nothing. You go around the map like Saints row taking outposts and killing orcs. It's fun, but does nothing the first game didn't already do. I'm glad I rented it, but in no way ever recommend buying it

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        July 17, 2018 2:35 PM

        I bought it twice (PS4 vanilla on launch, then complete edition on PC for like $40) and I don't regret it. It's mindless fun to be sure, but it's still fun. Kind of the perfect game to just blow off some steam and murder the fuck out of Orc faces. Not many other games do what it does as well as it does.

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        July 17, 2018 3:26 PM


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        July 17, 2018 9:22 PM

        I don't regret having bought it. I got more than my money's worth out of it. If anything there was just too much of the same content. It needed whether more variety or more editing.

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      July 17, 2018 1:35 PM

      this gets me more interested for sure, but probably later. I did love the first.

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