In life, there are certain words, actions, and other things that are considered taboo. Some of this is just hyped up things that have no meaning, but, on occasion, there are things that legitimately make people cringe when they hear it. For video games, these kinds of taboo included blowing on cartridges, “the red ring of death”, and now, microtransactions. While no doubt harmless on creation, they have spread throughout the gaming world, and to some are a blight upon many titles. So fans will not be happy to hear that Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has microtransactions.
To be clear, this is not a rumor, this comes from WB games themselves, who go into great details about this new “Market” system that the microtransactions will take place in. This all ties to the Nemesis system, of which you get Orcs to build an army to fight the other armies of Mordor. This was one of the key aspects that made Shadow of Mordor such a hit. But Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is adding new twists to it via the Market. Cause now, you can not only buy new followers, you can get armor and weapons to upgrade them and make them even more formidable. Or, you can upgrade your character, Tallion, it’s your choice.
What makes this inclusion odd though is that the original title didn’t have this, and to many people, microtransactions are just cash grabs, and it honestly appears to be that way here. As these items and boosts aren’t essential to you completing the game.
Word of this is spreading throughout the internet, and gamers aren’t happy. Reddit especially isn’t happy about this, and many are either not going to buy the game, or refuse to take part in this system. What do you think? Is this a bad move for a potential Game of the Year candidate? Let us know in the comments below.