Do any of you even remember that we as a people took issue with Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s loot crates and microtransactions? The game has been out for six months, and one would imagine that by now we’ve all pretty much gotten over it and moved on. Regardless, Monolith has decided to retroactively rip the paid lucky packet system out of the game, so there will be no transactions for real currency in the game whatsoever.
Just to be clear, the loot boxes we speak of are called War Chests, and they’re getting the chop. But the game’s Loot Chests will remain – these can’t be bought, only earned in-game via Online Conquests and Online Vendettas. Shadow of War’s entire Market system is being shut down on 17 July.
“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,” says the official notice from Monolith. “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.”
Middle-earth: Shadow of War struggled to live up to the successes of its predecessor, so perhaps Monolith is hoping that these changes will somehow encourage people to give it another chance, but I’m skeptical – six months is a long time in this industry.