Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Has Microtransactions, Loot Chests, XP Boosts
Shadow of War
(Last Updated On: August 6, 2017)

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will have microtransactions, a microtransaction store, loot chests, war chests, and a currency designed to benefit from the cash shop items called… gold.

TechRaptor picked up the news from a forum post over on the WB Games website, where the publisher proudly announced the microtransaction marketplace.

Mirian is one type of currency that can be acquired in the game defeating Orcs, scrapping gear in exchange for Mirian, or destroying Orc followers in exchange for Mirian. The Mirian can then be used to buy XP boosts, loot chests, boost chests, war chests, and other gear.

The chests are identical to the random loot chests found in other games like Overwatch, Counter-Strike or Payday 2. They contain a variety of gear that ranges in quality from common to legendary.

If you’re having a hard time acquiring Mirian, you can use gold instead to buy microtransaction items. Gold can be acquired by participating in community challenges, completing milestones or spending real money to own a select amount of gold through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store or adding it to the Steam Wallet.

Warner Bros., also wanted to inform gamers that Mirian and Gold purchasables aren’t behind a paywall. You can acquire all of the microtransactions by grinding in-game…

“Please note: No content in the game is gated by Gold. All content can be acquired naturally through normal gameplay.”

They attempt to demonstrate the benefits of the cash shop items in a live-stream style video you can check out below.

Some people began to defend Warner Bros., using the typical defense “it’s only optional”…

The video itself has an ample amount of downvotes, however. This is mostly due to people who are not fond of having a typical free-to-play, pay-to-win style monetary system in a full priced $60 single-player RPG.

There are plenty of white knights defending the microtransactions, though. So we’ll see if people cower in the face of peer pressure and continue to support microtransactions in a single-player RPG or if they stand their ground and hold the wallet when Middle-Earth: Shadow of War launches on October 10th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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  • LurkerJK

    “only optional” eh ? i will just sit here with some popcorn and wait for the “getting enough miriam to buy everything requires playing for 6000+ hours” news

  • GuyverOne

    One of the two games I had any interest in this year… and it’s gone.

  • Ax

    “Hey! let’s take the worst things about F2P MMO’s and put them in a Single Player $60 game!” Western gaming industry has reach rock bottom to me a long time ago, but damn if they don’t still find ways to make me feel sick.

  • AlecJ


    They arent letting the chance to hoover up a few loose coins from the over encumbered youth, slip by…..are they?

    I find it just a tad tasteless….you know the drop rate of items is managed to provide incentives to the rich and impatient……well, that prolly means a inferior experience for the rest of us……all for a couple of ducats WB surely wouldnt even notice were missing when tossed on their mountain of Tolkien cash. Meh, its there right to beg…..

    I also worry this game is going to be a convoluted mess with the systems upon systems upon systems.

  • Horrorstorm

    SJW black character, microtransactions and now rumours about always online DRM.


  • Grey

    And there goes any interest I had in buying this title. I’m sure with their marketing budget in full force, buying and/or pressuring the usual review sites to hype them up, they won’t even notice the drop in the bucket that would have been the dollars of myself or others who are sick of this exploitative bullshit. Maybe one day enough people will get as fed up with it and starve companies who do this crap out.

    One day I might also be elected Global Female Breasts, Hips, and Ass Inspector too. Odds are probably even.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Fuck monolith and fuck warnerbros.

  • SevTheBear

    This is Dead Space 3 all over again

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  • tajlund

    Oh FFS, you have to be kidding. The first game was almost perfect. How do they see how well things worked the first time and say to themselves “how can we screw this up royally?” Since it has a store, I imagine they are going to go with an always connected requirement to keep you from using trainers to go around their precious store.

    Well, my one guaranteed buy of the year became a no buy.

  • Disqusted

    The very presence of those systems screams “we intentionally made our game shittier to encourage you to use/buy this shit”.

    Microtransactions = They made parts of the game shittier, and you can pay to make it less shitty.
    Loot chests = To prevent you from getting what you want easily, you have to do some boring restricted shit over and over, just to get a random chance at obtaining it (and you likely won’t).
    XP boost events = They made regular XP gain shitty. They also use these events to control when to encourage people to play the game.

    This is what I meant earlier when I said modern games are full of bullshit shitty crappy systems that ARE NOT FUN AT ALL.

  • VersVlees

    I love how people keep defending this micro transaction nonsense “it is not gated” you can grind it argument.

    Have they said anything how grindy it is?

    Because even if you can grind it if you have to do it for a long period of time you can consider that content is gated after all.

  • mikebrand83

    When I see micro transaction loot boxes, I can’t help but inevitably think of this: