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Middle-earth: Shadow of War has loot boxes

Warner Bros. has announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War has loot boxes.


A screenshot showing what it looks like when you open a chest in Shadow of War.

The single-player action adventure has an in-game store, called the Market, that sells orcs and other items for use in the game’s Nemesis System.

In a post on the Warner Bros. website, Monolith community manager Jared said you can also buy loot chests, war chests, XP boosts and bundles.

The loot chests contain gear (weapons and armour) of varying rarity. They can also contain XP boosts which, as you’d expect, help level up playable character Talion faster.

War chests provide orc followers of varying rarity which you can use to help create a strong army. They can also contain training orders to level up and customise orc followers.

To buy these items, you can spend Mirian or Gold. Mirian is an in-game currency you get from defeating treasure orcs, destroying gear, destroying orc followers for gear (which can then be destroyed for Mirian), or from finding Mirian stashes throughout the game.

Gold, on the other hand, is an in-game currency you can use to get higher level loot chests, war chests, boosts and bundles. You get gold by buying it with real money, but it’s awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenges.

As you’d expect, the announcement of loot boxes for Shadow of War has sparked a vociferous debate, with many questioning their inclusion in a full-price single-player game.