Warner Bros. and developer Monolith Studios have today announced via the official Middle-Earth Shadow of War community forums that microtransactions will be permanently removed from the game and players will no longer have access to Gold and the Market. The removal will be implemented in the upcoming Middle-Earth Shadow of War update that will roll out on May 8th, 2018.
After May 8th 2018 Gold will no longer be available for purchase with real-world money, although players will still be able to spend Gold and receive Gold via in-game challenges up until the Market closes permanently on July 17th, 2018 and will not be made available ever again.
“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.”
For more information on the removal of the microtransactions within the Middle-Earth Shadow of War game jump over to the official community forums by following the link below where a full list of all the new updates and changes to the game have been listed by Warner Bros. and developer Monolith Studios.