Middle-earth: Shadow of War has removed the remaining vestiges of its microtransaction system with a patch that went live on July 17th.
The patch, which is detailed on Steam (via Eurogamer), has completely removed the Market from the game, replacing it instead with an updated Garrison menu. Developer Monolith removed the ability to purchase in-game Gold with real-world money back in May, and now it’s removed the ability to purchase anything with whatever remaining Gold players had as well. If you still had unspent Gold in your account, that Gold will be converted into Gold Loot Chests, so you’ll at least be getting something.
The updated Garrison menu will give players access to their Garrison Orcs, Training Orders, Chests and Boosts, and Spoils of War reward chests will now give players Training Orders instead of Orcs. Players can purchase Training Orders directly with Mirian, and captains recruited during Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will appear in your garrison.
In addition to removing the rest of the Gold from Shadow of War, Monolith has made several key adjustments to how the game’s epilogue, Shadow Wars, will play out. The number of completed missions needed to reach 100 percent has been reduced, and completing Shadow Wars will now bank you some pretty epic loot. On top of that, the endgame gives you something else to grind for by raising the level cap to 80, with enemy orcs now capped at 85. Plus, if you like a piece of gear that isn’t quite up to your level, you can spend Mirian to raise that item’s level to match yours.
Shadow of War drew a ton of criticism from players prior to its release for including “pay-to-win” microtransactions into a single-player experience, and that negative sentiment was only heightened by the introduction of Ranked Conquests, in which players can climb the leaderboards by taking down other players’ AI-controlled fortresses.
If Monolith’s removal of Gold has convinced you to finally stop boycotting the game, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.