Middle-Earth: Shadow of War developer, Monolith, has just announced that they will be stripping the entire game of all lootboxes and microtransactions. There’s a ton of explanation and details regarding this removal, and we have them all for you here!
Monolith gave full details on the Shadow of War WB Games forums, and we have some highlights here. One of the major reasons for this change is the nemesis system.
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.
This change is expected to take place on May 5th 2018 where Gold will no longer be available for purchase. Players are given a time until July 17th 2018 to spend and receive Gold before the market completely closes. Any unused Gold will be converted to a Gold Loot Chest on July 17th 2018, using up 150 Gold per chest, and balances under 150 will receive one Gold Loot Chest. All Gold vouchers redeemed after July 17th will be converted into a Gold Loot Chest
As of right now, Monolith has no plans to implement the lootboxes and microtransactions again.
We’ll keep you informed as details develop for both Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and microtransactions.
Source – Shadow of War WB Forums