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Middle Earth: Shadow of War Getting Loot Boxes

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Getting Loot Boxes

Both Warner Brothers and Monolith showed off some new details for their upcoming game Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Surprisingly they’ve revealed that the sequel will have a microtransaction store referred to as the Market. The forum post detailed that players will be able to purchase items such as loot chests, war chests, XP boosts, and bundles. They also clarified that an internet connection is necessary to access this content, which seems to confirm that the boxes will cost real world money. However, cash won’t be the only way to acquire the in-game currency.

The Nemesis System

Monolith went on to justify the inclusion of this often times frowned upon game structure by stating “An important aspect of the Nemesis System now comes in forging, customizing, and leading your own army of unique Orc followers against the fortresses of Mordor.” They continued “There are different ways to do this, including dominating Orcs by exploring the vast open-world and encountering them as part of Orc society, or players can acquire Orcs and other items through the Market (in-game store).” (

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Time For Some Rewards

According to the developer, these are the various rewards players can expect upon opening the various loot crates available.

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.

Monolith also mentioned that there were two ways to earn the in game currency necessary to purchase the micro transactions. The first way they went over was to earn “Mirian” which is attainable by accomplishing various in game activities such as defeating Treasure Orcs, destroying gear, destroying orc followers, and finding it in stashes located throughout the game. The second way detailed was to purchase a separate in game currency called “Gold”, which can be purchased with real cash from the Xbox, Playstation, or Steam store.  The developer also clarified that no content in Shadow of War will be exclusive to the Gold currency and all content is accessible by playing the game.

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No pricing details have been revealed for the micro transactions and probably won’t be available until they appear on the various e-stores. Microtransactions are nothing new to video games and as time moves on more and more developers are embracing the inclusion of using real money to access more content. Shadow of War is hitting consoles on October 10th after a small delay and Gigamax will definitely be playing this highly anticipated  title so be sure to keep checking back for more details!



Shadow of War Officially Confirmed by Warner Brothers

Shadow of War: Update

Yesterday’s leak that Middle Earth: Shadow of War will be coming out August 22nd in North America has been officially confirmed by Warner Bros. Monolith Productions is making this game much larger than its predecessor, Shadow of Mordor.  The nemesis system not only dynamically creates Orc generals but also shapes the open world as well. Players will not just be facing Sauron this time but his Nazgul mounts well. Below you’ll find the official announcement trailer that gives a cinematic look into the story of the game.

Original Story

The next title in the “Shadow of Mordor” series is on the way according to an accidental early listing on US retailer Target’s website.

This listing for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was initially spotted by NeoGaf. The release date on the now removed leak was set for August 22nd which means that developer Monolith Productions is preparing for an announcement soon, most likely E3. According to the description, the game will contain the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor. This system required players to systematically eliminate a randomly generated hierarchy of Orc’s to eventually kill the leaders.

Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth: Shadow of War will continue the story of Talion and Celebrimbor, the hero and his ghost friend from Shadow of Mordor. The dynamic duo is back and looking to forge their own ring of power so they can take on the dark lord, Sauron.

The listing also details that the game will have the industry standard “Gold Edition” priced at $100 USD. This edition will contain two nemesis expansions, two story add-on’s and a “Gold War Chest.” The Nemesis expansions were also detailed and will contain a new Orc tribe, enemies, missions and more. The story expansions will have a new campaign with a different playable character.

Gigamax Games was a huge fan of the first entry in the Shadow of Mordor series and we are very excited for the latest entry. While it is unfortunate that the game was accidentally leaked before the developer was ready to show it off, it is nice to see the positive response and genuine hype for the sequel. Be sure to check back at Gigamax Games for more details on this developing story.


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