Following concerns that publisher Warner Bros. Interactive was profiting from memorial DLC intended to support the family of a deceased Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor producer, Warner Bros. has reorganized its intentions.
Warner Bros. recently announced its Forthog the Orc-Slayer DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of War as an attempt to pay tribute to Middle-earth producer Michael David Forgey and assist his family with the proceeds from the DLC’s purchases. The DLC would’ve went for $5, but Warner Bros. claimed that only $3.50 of every purchase would go to Forgey’s family, and only sales made in the US would be donated (additionally excluding several states). These conditions caused many fans to accuse the creators of profiting from the DLC, despite assurances made in a follow-up comment to Eurogamer that neither the publisher nor developer would see any excess revenue.
This did little to assuage skeptical fans, causing Warner Bros. to change course. In a recent announcement explaining the confusion, the publisher confirmed that the Forthog DLC would now be free for all players, and the money originally planned for Forgey’s family would come straight from Warner Bros. as a donation.
We now recognize that tying our donation to sales of the DLC was not the best way to achieve our goal of offering financial support to the family and creating a lasting memorial to Michael Forgey. We sincerely apologize to the fans and to the Forgey family for the confusion we created.
To ensure the two original aims are still met and to provide transparency to the community, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will instead make a donation directly to the Forgey family. The DLC will be withdrawn from sale and will be a free download for owners of Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
While originally mishandled, it is good to see Warner Bros. bite the bullet and reformat its plan to best honor the producer and support his family, instead of allowing the sentiment to fail due to obscurity. Those wishing to follow the publisher’s example can individually donate through the family’s You Caring page.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is slated to launch October 10th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To prepare for game’s action, check out EGM’s five-point breakdown of Shadow of War.
Source: WB Games Community Forum