WB Games are slowly becoming the EA of 2017 as the recent announcement of heavy microtransactions in the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. To recap, the company stood strong by their inclusion of in-game purchases in the form of loot boxes that contain gear and other items to help you progress the game.
Gamers, on the other hand, were not happy about this, naturally. Well, the drama does not end there as WB Games are treading carefully after they have been accused of trying to profit from the death of a Monolith Studio developer, the team behind the production of the game.
Last year Monolith executive producer Michael Forgey passed away from a brain tumour at the age of 43. The company took a big hit and it was a sad time for the team. Monolith Studios, in tribute to the developer who passed, created a DLC pack called the Forthog Orc Slayer DLC that stars an Orc-Slayer named Forgey. This DLC was meant to be a send off from the team, but WB Games have now used it as an opportunity to cash in on some easy money.
While the intention from the start was to donate the proceeds of the DLC to producer's family, WB Games have restricted this to only a specific few states in the US. The DLC will sell for $3,99 of which $3,50 of it will go to the family, but there is a catch. None of the money from any purchases outside the US will be donated to the family and certain states in the US like AL, HI, MA, MS, and SC will also go right into WB Games bank account, or will it?
This was never clear to the public at first, rather they hid it away in a disclaimer at the end of the DLC trailer. Luckily Eurogamer pursued a course of action and contacted the publisher regarding the money. WB Games stated that neither them or Monolith Studios will profit from the DLC regardless of where it is being sold. What this means is not clear as they do not mention that it will go to charity or to somewhere else. It is a frustrating response that creates more mystery than anything else.
Right now Shadow of War is probably one of the dirtiest releases this year and the game is not even out. It is a disgusting example of a triple-A release being painted in a coat of gold paint and sold off as genuine gold. From its terrible pre-order incentives, expensive Season Pass, money-making pay-to-win DLC, and of course now this drama, I have lost all faith in the game and the publisher. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below.
Middle-earth Shadow of War is set for release on 10 October 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.