Middle-earth: Shadow of War was probably the prime example of a loot box system that went wrong last year. In addition to the purchase price of 60 €, players should / had to continue to invest real money for loot boxes with Ork supplies.
The endless siege mode offered ample opportunity to lose your highly-bred orc commanders and to replace them with new ones from the loot boxes. Alternatively, the player had to go out and find an orc commander, take over and level up.
The system wasn't just an obvious one to cynics PaytoWin System and Middle-earth: Shadow of War provided headline news for months to boycott requests.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Developers remove gold and loot boxes
Today the developers now have the Abolition of the loot box system proclaimed. This will be done as part of a free patch. In response to the feedback from fans, there should no longer be an opportunity to buy Ork followers with real money. Existing gold reserves can still be invested or will be converted into in-game items with the update.
The campaign and Siege mode will also be adapted to meet the changes.
Starting May 8th, players will no longer be able to buy gold. The final abolition of gold, war boxes and the market will take place on July 17th, 2018. On this day, all other changes will also come as part of a patch.
Reaction from fans
The first votes of the fans have been mixed so far, many realistic voices see more of a change in the upcoming change Public relation Action. The excitement about Middle-earth: Shadow of War has subsided months after the release and there are hardly any new customers who invest money in the PaytoWin mechanics.
So now is the ideal time to recall the game and listen to the feedback from the community with the supposed statement that the real money system should be removed. This reaches the second wave of buyers who have rejected the game because of the problems so far. At the same time, it gives the impression of listening to the players. Whether this is really the case, we will probably only see with the next Middle-Earth game and whether there will be loot boxes or something similar with the release.
The second expansion "The Desolation of Mordor", which will be released on May 8th, certainly doesn't hurt the additional attention either.