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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War To Feature Loot Boxes And Premium Currency

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War To Feature Loot Boxes And Premium Currency

As well as followers, they can also drop Training Orders which help to level up and customise Orc followers. Loot Chests can also contain XP Boosts that help level up Talion faster. However, these chests can only be purchased with Shadow of War's "premium" currency, Gold.

Within Loot Chests, players will find weapons and armor, as well as XP Boosts, which make Talion level up quicker.

These can all be earned through Shadow of War's in-game currency, Mirian, which can be obtained by defeating enemies or found in stashes throughout the world, however they can also all be bought with Gold, which can be purchased with real money through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, or Steam.

Monolith pointed out several times in the stream that the content purchased through the market was freely available in-game and that the ability to buy loot crates was exclusively for those who wanted to save a little time.

According to a recent blog on the Warner Bros. blog, the developer announced that two different loot goodies will be available: Loot Chests, and War Chests. The microtransactions will be tied to the Nemesis system.

Other thins like XP boosts, War chests, Loot chests, and bundle packages will all also be available from the in-game market for players to purchase. But you can also use your real-life hard-earned cash on Gold, too. Silver chests contain 2 regular items or followers (with a minimum of 1 epic guaranteed) and 1 consumable item. The only way to get your hands on Gold is to either purchase it with real money, or earn small amounts for participating in community events and achieving certain milestones.

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Do I have to pay for Gold?

However, in the Q&A section at the bottom of the page, the developers add that players can "save time" if they use Gold, as it "allows you to get your hands on them immediately, cutting down some of the additional time that would have been spent winning more battles, tracking nemeses, completing quests and assaulting fortresses". There are plenty of people that dislike microtransactions on principle, but others simply balk at their inclusion in single-player titles specifically.

Where the two currencies differ is the quality of the market items you can purchase with them. One could contain stealth-based items and orcs, while another might help players seeking to add fire-based weaponry and fighters to their army.

How much does Gold cost?

As of yet, we don't know the price of gold currency.


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