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Do mi­cro-trans­ac­tions ruin the game?

There’s been con­tro­versy sur­round­ing mi­cro­trans­ac­tions and DLC in Shadow Of War, cul­mi­nat­ing in Warner Bros mak­ing the Forthog DLC (ded­i­cated to ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mike Forgey, who re­cently died of can­cer) free, after ques­tions over where the char­ity funds raised from it were go­ing. Mi­cro­trans­ac­tion con­tent is ac­cessed by a ded­i­cated ‘Mar­ket’ but­ton in the menu, where you’ll find war ch­ests, XP boosts, and other clicker-type stuff. It’s fairly un­in­tru­sive, and the cur­rency used can quite eas­ily be earned in-game. That said, it in­evitably means that the on­line Fort Con­quest mode at higher lev­els will in­volve a lot of ‘pay-to-win’ play­ers, which taints one of the game’s best new features.

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