Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Will Have Microtransactions

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It has been confirmed by developer Monolith and Warner Bros that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be getting an in game microtransaction store called The Market.

The inclusion of The Market in Middle-earth: Shadow Of War was confirmed by a forum post, which revealed that players will be able to purchase loot chests, war chest, XP boosts, and bundles.

Monolith have confirmed that his comes as an expansion to the Nemesis system, stating “An important aspect of the Nemesis System now comes in forging, customizing, and leading your own army of unique Orc followers against the fortresses of Mordor,” Monolith said. “There are different ways to do this, including dominating Orcs by exploring the vast open-world and encountering them as part of Orc society, or players can acquire Orcs and other items through the Market (in-game store).”

Monolith has given a breakdown of the items you can buy at The Market. You can view the breakdown below:

  • Loot Chests contain Gear (weapons and armor) of varying rarity. Equipping and upgrading these weapons and armor enhance Talion’s character abilities. Loot Chests can also contain XP Boosts that help level up Talion faster.
  • War Chests provide Orc followers of varying rarity to help forge a strong army. They can also contain Training Orders to level up and customize Orc followers.
  • XP Boosts are consumables that help level up Talion faster.
  • Bundles package up Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts together at a great value.

Players can obtain these item by spending Mirian, which is the in game currency. Players get Mirian by completing tasks in game such as defeating orcs or finding Mirian stashes which are scattered throughout the world.

Items in Shadow Of War can also be bought with Gold, another in game currency that can be purchased with real world money. Monolith also stated that Gold will be given at “specific milestones in the game and you’ll also get some for taking part in community challenges.

Gold is another form of in-game currency that can be used to get higher level Loot Chests, War Chests, Boosts and Bundles of the aforementioned content. Gold can be acquired by:

Monolith made clear that everything in Shadow of War can be obtained through normal gameplay. Spending money on Gold is only a means to speed up progress. “Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free, but Gold gives players the option to acquire these items faster. No Gold purchases are necessary to enjoy the complete game experience,”

Prices for Gold have yet to be confirmed.