Microtransactions in Shadow Of War might not have caused an uproar to the extent of Star Wars Battlefront 2 but, it was indeed a controversial decision on part of publisher Warner Bros and developer Monolith Productions and now the studio has announced that it is removing Shadow Of War microtransactions.
The announcement of the removal of Shadow Of War microtransactions comes from Community Manager ‘MonolithMark’ who took it to the game’s official site and noted that after listening feedback from the community for months the studio will be restoring the core of the game and will be removing Shadow Of War microtransactions.
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.
Not only that, the studio will also be updating the “section of the campaign, where players defend their fortresses against Sauron’s repeated counter-attacks”.
This section is basically a grind but in order to get the true ending players have to go through it. The studio will be updating this section of the Shadow Of War “with new narrative elements and streamlined for a more cohesive experience.”
The studio has noted that players will not be able to purchase Gold after May 8, 2018, and the microtransactions will be permanently removed on July 17, 2018. The updates will be free for all who own the game.
In related news, Shadow Of War reportedly failed to meet sales expectations of its publisher Warner Bros. According to the report, sales were only a fraction of what Arkham Knight went on to sell at launch back in 2015.
Shadow Of War is a third-person action adventure game developed by Monolith Productions for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.