Warner Bros. and Monolith have recently revealed that the upcoming Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will now have a microtransaction store called by the completely original name: “The Market.” In “The Market” players will be able to purchase things like loot chests, war chest, XP boosts, and bundles.
“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 gave a description of what you can purchase in “The Market” which include:
- 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.
These items are obtainable by spending in-game currency called Mirian, which you get by defeating certain Orcs, Destroying gear, destroying orc followers for gear or finding Mirian in stashes in-game. Players can also use real-world money to purchase Gold, which you can get in small amounts at “specific milestones in the game and you’ll also get some for taking part in community challenges.”
With the general negative approach gamers have to Microtransactions, Monolith wanted to make clear that you can purchase everything in Shadow of War via normal gameplay and that gold was just a way to speed up the process. “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,” Monolith said.
Shadow of War launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 10th 2017.
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