Middle-earth: Shadow of War Announces The Market

By Dave Bricker, 11 months ago
The Nemesis System in Middle-earth: Shadow of War is designed for procedurally generated enemies to remember every encounter and have their own personality, weaknesses, and strengths. This system was expanded from Shadow of Mordor through the creation of followers who have their own stories of revenge, betrayal, and loyalty. Further expanding this system are Nemesis Fortresses in which strategies for their Orc armies can be used to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds.

SoW The Market

An endemic part of the Nemesis system is forging, customizing, and leading your army of unique Orcs against the fortresses of Mordor. This can be accomplished by dominating Orcs throughout the lands. In addition to this, Orcs and other items can be purchased through the in-game store known as The Market, a new feature in Shaodw of War. Loot Chests, War Chests, XP Boosts and Bundles can be purchased in The Market, although all content can also be acquired through normal gameplay.

  • Loot Chests contain Gear (weapons and armor) of varying rarity. Equipping and upgrading these weapons and armor enhance Talion’s character abilities. Loot Chests can also contain XP Boosts that help level up Talion faster.
  • War Chests provide Orc followers of varying rarity to help forge a strong army. They can also contain Training Orders to level up and customize Orc followers.
  • XP Boosts are consumables that help level up Talion faster.
  • Bundles package up Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts together at a great value.
To purchase these items, players can spend Mirian or Gold throughout the game as one progresses. Mirian is a type of in-game currency that can be acquired by:

  • Defeating Treasure Orcs
  • Destroying Gear for Mirian
  • Destroying Orc followers for Gear (which can be destroyed for Mirian)
  • Finding Mirian stashes throughout the game
Gold is another form of in-game currency that can be used to get higher level Loot Chests, War Chests, Boosts and Bundles of the aforementioned content. Gold can be acquired by:

  • Purchasing through the Playstation Store using real money.
  • Awarded in small amounts at specific milestones.
  • Awarded for participating in community challenges.
Lastly, Monolith Productions provided some questions and answers about how The Market will work.

What is Gold and how do I earn it?

Gold is a form of in-game currency awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenges. It can also be purchased for real money through the Playstation Store. Along with Mirian, Gold can be used to purchase Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts from the Market.

What can I get with Gold?

Along with Mirian, players can use Gold to purchase Loot Chests that contain Gear for Talion (weapons and armor), War Chests that provide Orcs for your army of followers and Boosts that help level up Talion faster.

Do I have to pay for Gold?

No, Gold is awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenges. It can also be purchased through the Playstation Store. Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free, but Gold gives players the option to acquire these items faster. No Gold purchases are necessary to enjoy the complete game experience.

What do you mean when you say Gold can save time?

By simply engaging with the world and playing through Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you earn items like Gear for Talion and unique Orcs for your army. These are the same items that are found in the Market within Loot Chests and War Chests. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately, cutting down some of the additional time that would have been spent winning more battles, tracking nemeses, completing quests and assaulting fortresses.

Does Gold give me an advantage in the game?

No, Gold does not give you any advantage over other players. A player who invests enough time can progress the same amount and have access to the same content as a player who purchases Gold. Gold is not required to progress or advance in the game at all.

Are there unique items in the market purchased using Gold that you can’t get through normal play?

No, all of the aforementioned items can be earned playing through the game. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately.

How much does Gold cost?

Prices for Gold will be communicated at a later date.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is scheduled to release on October 10th.

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Dave Bricker
Written by Dave Bricker
Outside of gaming, I work and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I work as an air traffic controller for the US government. I have three graduate degrees (two masters and a PhD) and a boatload of tattoos (sleeves on both arms in progress). I have two daughters who also have my love of video games.