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Middle-earth: Shadow of War to remove microtransactions

Warner Bros. and Monolith Productions have revealed that a future update to Middle-earth: Shadow of War will remove all of the game's microtransactions, which involves the removal of the game's Market system.

There are two primary dates to consider. On May 8, players will no longer be able to buy Gold using real money to use in the in-game Market. On July 17, the in-game Market will close permanently. Any remaining Gold will be converted to Gold Loot Chests, and there will be additional ways to recruit Orcs, such as through Online Conquests and Online Vendettas. Mirian currency can still be used to unlock gem slots and increase fortress defenses.

You can read the full official update here.

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.

Monolith also revealed some information about the game's final major DLC content - Desolation of Mordor - which you can find here. The DLC also lands on May 8.

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