Middle-earth: Shadow Of War publisher Warner Bros has apologised for the way it has handled the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC. The company has now offered refunds to those who have bought it.
Monolith executive producer Michael Forgey who passed away last year was set to appear in Shadow Of War as the DLC character Forthog Orc-Slayer. Warner Bros had sold the DLC for £3.99 on Steam and Xbox One and stated that they would donate a portion of every purchase to Forgey’s widow and children.
It was then discovered that donations would only be sent to Forgey’s family if the DLC was purchased in most US states. This suggested that donations would not be made for purchases made outside of the US.
As reported by Eurogamer Warner Bros issued a statement saying that the company wouldn’t be making any money from the DLC sales. The statement did not detail how that was possible.
Warner Bros have now issued a new statement which goes into detail about what has gone wrong. The statement says that even though they decided to donate all profits for the DLC to Forgey’s family, they only planned to actively promote this donation in the US, excluding the states that have certain charitable donation laws. Warner bros stated “We hoped this approach would raise as much money as possible for the Forgey family in compliance with the law,”
Warner Bros has now pulled the DLC from sale and has made it free to download. The official Orc-Slayer video has been removed from YouTube and refunds will be issued to all who have purchased the DLC. Warner Bros have stated that they will make direct donations to Michael Forgey’s family.