As was promised in April, developer Monolith has today deployed a patch that completely removes microtransactions from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

“While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System,” the studio said at the time.

While sales figures have not been released, Kotaku surmises that the saw a steep drop off sales post-release, likely due to a backlash from players regarding the inclusion of microtransactions.

"Incomplete data can’t paint an accurate picture, but these clues support one hypothesis: Shadow of War sold well at first, then tailed off," writes Jason Schreier. "Which is exactly what might happen if a much-hyped game was full of microtransactions that left players with a sour taste, encouraging bad word of mouth."

Players that still had gold on their account will find it converted to a one-time Gold Loot Chest upon logging in post-update. Orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customize a player's personal Orc army.

Microtransactions weren't the only change made in Shadow of War's latest update:

Changes to the Shadow Wars
Renamed the Epilogue, the post-campaign has been vastly streamlined to include new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king and Dark Talion. Victory in the Epilogue rewards players with the Masks of the Nazgûl, unlocks powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summons more powerful monsters. And players also have the option to continue upgrading and defending their fortresses and army in Mordor after the final credits conclude.

More Ways to Customize & Build Your Character
The follower level cap has now been increased to 80 and the enemy Captain level cap has been increased to 85. Plus, players can level up faster with greater XP rewards for Nemesis Missions, defeating Captains and Online Conquests. New Prestige Skills are available and offer incremental upgrades to skills. Players can also spend Mirian to upgrade gear to current levels by completing the upgrade challenge, and these gear upgrades now allow players to re-roll abilities for the perfect combo.

Nemesis Improvements
There are more Legendary Orcs to encounter, more ways to get Training Orders (incl. Legendary Training Orders) and followers can now surprise players with the occasional gift. And if any followers are too keen to help out and have been stealing kills, there is now the option to turn off the Savior feature in the menu.

Additional skins have also been included, offering players the choice of fighting as Celebrimbor, Dark Eltariel or Baranor.

Players that still had gold on their account will find it converted to a one-time Gold Loot Chest upon logging in post-update. Orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customize a player's personal Orc army.

Even though the game released back in October, here's hoping this update brings renewed interest in the Middle Earth title.

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