It was revealed this week that the upcoming game Middle-earth: Shadow of War will a microtransaction store called the Market. In the Market players will be able to purchase a variety of in game items and boosts to help their character along their journey.
Players will be able to make these purchases via the in game currency Mirian which is earned by defeating certain Orcs within the game. Players can also buy items with Gold which you can purchase with real money.
Here is detailed list of what players can expect to purchase in the Market.
- 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.
There is always a fine line when it comes to microtransactions in games. Most of the time, microtransactions contain cosmetic items that just enhance the way your character may look. But it seems Shadow of War developer Monolith is taking a different approach by allowing players to spend real money to obtain better gear and to increase the leveling process.
Monolith did have this to say about the the Market.
“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.”
Pricing has yet to be announced for the Market’s microtransactions and we will be sure to update you as that information becomes available. Middle-earth: Shadow of War drops for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10th.
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