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BYE FELICIA: Microtransactions have been completely removed from Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War received a free update that, among other things, removed the ability for Gold to be purchased with real money.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a free game improvement update for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, featuring a host of new enhancements and content to provide existing players and newcomers with the best gameplay experience.

This robust update brings together a multitude of different elements, including a richer campaign experience, streamlined post-game Epilogue, new player skins and Legendary gear and the removal of the market, in addition to hundreds of other improvements.

The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world.

While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System.

It allows you to miss out on the awesome player stories you would have otherwise created, and it compromises those same stories even if you don’t buy anything.

Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world and takes away from the challenge of building your personal army and your fortresses.

In order to fully restore the core promise of the Nemesis System, we’ll be permanently removing Gold, War Chests and the Market from Shadow of War.

This means the option to purchase Gold with real-world money and the ability to gain Orc Followers from War Chests will be removed. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilize their unused Gold.

If players have unused Gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining Gold will be converted to in-game items.

Below is a short list of the latest changes:

  • Removal of the Market: The market and microtransactions have been completely removed from Shadow of War. Orcs recruited through Online Vendettas and Ranked Conquests will now be stored in the Garrison, and in-game Mirian can now be used to train, upgrade and customize your personal Orc army.
  • Changes to the Shadow Wars: Renamed the Epilogue, the post-campaign has been vastly streamlined to include new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king, and Dark Talion. Victory in the Epilogue rewards players with the Masks of the Nazgûl, unlocks powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summons more powerful monsters. And players also have the option to continue upgrading and defending their fortresses and army in Mordor after the final credits conclude.
  • More Ways to Customize & Build Your Character: The follower level cap has now been increased to 80 and the enemy Captain level cap has been increased to 85. Plus, players can level up faster with greater XP rewards for Nemesis Missions, defeating Captains and Online Conquests. New Prestige Skills are available and offer incremental upgrades to skills. Players can also spend Mirian to upgrade gear to current levels by completing the upgrade challenge, and these gear upgrades now allow players to re-roll abilities for the perfect combo.
  • Nemesis Improvements: There are more Legendary Orcs to encounter, more ways to get Training Orders (incl. Legendary Training Orders) and followers can now surprise players with the occasional gift. And if any followers are too keen to help out and have been stealing kills, there is now the option to turn off the Savior feature in the menu.
  • New Player Skins: Players can now take the fight to Sauron as Celebrimbor, reliving the first War for Mordor, or battle as Dark Eltariel and Baranor.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Shadow of War

Shadow of War is available for the Xbox One family of consoles, Windows 10 PC through the Windows 10 Store, Steam, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

To check out the full rundown of content updates, visit: community.wbgames.com/SOWSupport

Gabriel O. Maldonado Valentín (thedirektor) es un Director Creativo Digital con más de diez años en el campo de medios, publicidad y producción donde ha tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con distintas marcas y empresas reconocidas a nivel local como internacional.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 campaign mode playing time revealed

You could be spending the same amount of time playing Red Dead Redemption 2 as with GTA V.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

One of the most anticipated video games of this year, Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), could be a long one to play. According to Vulture, the game takes almost 60 hours to complete, that when it comes to the campaign mode.

Dan Houser from Rockstar Games revealed that the game was supposed to featured almost 65 hours of gameplay. But there was 5 hours of content that had to be cut for the final version.

Also, the games main protagonist, Arthur Morgan will have love interest while the game progresses. The content the was cut for the final version of the game included a second romantic plot. But in the end the lead writer of the game, Houser, explained that “we decided one of them didn’t work”.

Other missions were also subject to cuts. These included “a mission on a train where you had to fight with bounty hunters”. Thankfully, you can recreate that particular experience organically, as part of the daily random encounters in the world of RDR2.

While motion-capture for the single-player game’s story is complete, Rockstar is still shooting sections for Red Dead Online. The beta version for the latter is due to arrive in November.

The success of RDR2 is one that can’t be denied and will be extremely massive. All this given the track record of the saga and the success that the developer has found in this type of formula for a video game.

Rockstar’s latest entry, Grand Theft Auto V, earned $1 billion in its first three days and has sold nearly 100 million copies. In April of this year, GTAV — made from a approximate budget of $265 million — passed $6 billion in sales. Making the game the highest-grossing entertainment product in history. (Avatar, the highest-grossing movie ever, earned only a measly $2.8 billion in theaters.)

The release of Red Dead Redemption 2 is just around the corner. Can October 26th come any faster?

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Fortnite Beta Now Available on Android Without An Invite

No invite needed – download the Fortnite Beta now on any compatible Android device 📱

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Previously the Fornite beta was invite-only, but as of today you can download it to any Android device for free, without waiting. In the announcement, Epic directed users to the official site for the download.

Alongside the release announcement, Epic gave a list of supported devices and recommended system specs, so you can check if yours is up to snuff.

A long list of Samsung Galaxy, Sony, and Google Pixel devices are supported, along with some from other companies like Asus, LG, and Nokia. You can see the full list below.

Supported Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
  • LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
  • HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11/ U11+, U12+
  • Lenovo: Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
  • Sony: Xperia XZ/Premium, Xzs, XZ1/Compact, XZ2/Premium/Compact, XZ3

Fortnite has opened its Android beta to all users now,

The studio recommends the following minimum system specs for your Android device to play Fortnite:

  • OS: Recommended Android 8.0 or higher, 64 bit
  • RAM: 3GB or higher (Recommended 4 GB)
  • GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

Android and iOS players are matched against other mobile players, and for the time being bluetooth controllers and mouse-and-keyboard control schemes are not supported.

Be sure you visit the official site on your Android device to download a safe, Epic-approved version of the game.

Fortnite on Android supports full Cross Play and Cross Progression with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, and iOS.

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Sony will finally let you change that awful PSN ID in early 2019

Sony has finally revealed the long-awaited news – you will soon be able to change your PlayStation Network user ID (PSN ID).

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PSN ID Change Feature Announced

To some, the lack of ability to change your PSN Online ID was becoming some kind of a joke. To others like us, it was continuous frustration, more so if you had a god awful PSN ID that you came up with when you were a stupid teenager, like me.

But now there is some good news on the horizon. PlayStation has announced it will be testing a new feature that allows you to change your ID yourself.

The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will become available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas.

During the preview program, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want. The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD.

For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD after the first change. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or via the Profile page of your PS4.

PSN ID Change Feature Announced

When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.

This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games.

The feature will be available to PS4 users in early 2019.

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