Yesterday we walked you all through an explanation by Monolith and Warner Bros about the controversy surrounding the loot boxes in Middle-earth: Shadow of War. But another controversy about the Shadow of War charity DLC has also been going the past few weeks, so now Warner Bros has to explain that too.
The charity DLC in question is called “Forthog Orc-Slayer”. While it doesn’t add anything substantial to the game, it does add in a new orc named…Forthog Orc-Slayer. Forthog will often come to Talion’s aid when he’s in danger of being killed, killing the orc that’s threatening you and disappearing without a trace afterwards.
The Shadow of War charity DLC is in honor of Michael Forgey of the Monolith development team, who died of cancer earlier this year during the game’s development. The proceeds from the DLC sales would be going to his widow and children, but a few tidbits of information and some miscommunication have caused another controversy: mainly that tax laws would prevent DLC sales from some of the other states in America from going to Forgey’s family, and also that the DLC sales wouldn’t be going to them if they were sold overseas.
This raised various questions about where the rest of the money was going, which led to accusations of corporate greed. However, now Warner Bros is answering all of the questions they can without violating marketing laws. According to them, all proceeds of international sales would still be going to Forgey’s family. A factual error in a tweet was responsible for the previous mix-up.
If you would like to donate directly to Michael Forgey’s family you can follow this link to their donation page. Otherwise, you can pick up the Forthog Orc-Slayer Shadow of War charity DLC when the game releases on October 10. Middle-earth: Shadow of War comes out on October 10 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.