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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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Last Call! Nintendo has ceased production of the SNES and NES classic consoles

Do you already have yours? Clock’s ticking…

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The end is near! Yes. Nintendo has ceased production for hard to get consoles SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) and NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).

During an interview with THR (The Hollywood Reporter), Nintendo of America President, president Reggie Fils-Aime, made it official. He mentioned that the gaming company will no longer produce the coveted tiny consoles.

There’s no ability for add-on content with our classic consoles, so when you purchase the console it’s coming with that set roster of content. We worked very hard, both for the NES Classic and the SNES Classic. Only to have the best games that defined that generation. We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program. We’ve also been clear. At least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone.”, stated Fils-Aime..

He then continued saying the following:

 “The way that consumers will be able to continue participating with our classic content is going to be through Nintendo Switch Online. And we just released three new games (Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods and Adventures of Lolo) from the NES generation onto that platform. We look at that as the main way that consumers will be able to experience that legacy content”, said Fils-Aime in the interview.


Since their announcement, both small items have been the a must-have item. Not just for for gamers but also for nostalgic consumers. In a past report we did a little research on how of an uphill  battle was to get the NES Classic console on it’s release day two years ago.

After the outpouring of fans and collectors alike, Nintendo gave in to their demands. That is when they decided to produce more NES Classic console. Before the release of the SNES Classic, Nintendo made one thing clear. One thing was clear with the SNES Classic.  Once the SNES Classic hit the shelves on September of last year, they would produce a large amount of it. That way everyone would be able to get their hands on one.

Do you already have yours? Clock’s ticking…

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Nier: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition se dirige a PC

¿Buena o mala movida por parte de Square Enix?

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El vidoejuego Nier: Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition llegará a PC y PS4. La noticia viene por parte el portal ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). Esto solo revelaron que el juego ya cuenta con una clasificación  y el porqué de ella. Los detalles de esta versión son escasos. Pero lo que los seguidores del juego están más atentos es en la correción de algunos problemas en PC.

Sinopsis:

“El futuro lejano.

Invasores de otro mundo atacan sin previo aviso, desatando un nuevo tipo de amenaza: las armas conocidas como “formas de vida de máquinas”. Ante esta amenaza insuperable, la humanidad es expulsada de la Tierra y se refugia en la Luna.

El Consejo de la Humanidad organiza una resistencia de los soldados androides en un esfuerzo por recuperar su planeta. Para romper el punto muerto, la Resistencia despliega una nueva unidad de infantería Android: YoRHa.

En el desierto abandonado más abajo, la guerra entre las máquinas y los androides continúa. Una guerra que pronto revelará la verdad olvidada de este mundo”.

Este juego es considerado como uno de los mejores que surgió en el 2017. Muchas quejas se han dado a conocer sobre éste en PC, mencionando que dicho puerto es un ‘desastre’. En adición, no ha recibido un solo parche en la PC, aparte de una actualización para DLC que expertos indican no resolvió nada. Square Enix no ha logrado hasta ahora, desarrollar un mod que aborda muchos de los problemas del juego.

El año pasado, en junio y julio, Nvidia y AMD presentaron algunos controladores destinados a solucionar un problema. Esa fue la medida de la compatibilidad con PC. Al mismo tiempo, Square Enix dijo que estaba trabajando para solucionar más problemas con la versión Steam del juego. Se dice que esto nunca transcurrió.

El videojuego debutó  el 23 de febrero de 2017.

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Boom! Command and Conquer remastered is coming!

The Command & Conquer series is getting a 4k treatment.

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Vintage gamers, rejoice! Electronic Arts announced that they will be remastering the classic real-time strategy game series, Command and Conquer (C&C).

The game is getting a modern treatment for new platforms. EA confirmed Wednesday that it plans to remaster the original C&C and its prequel/sequel, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, to “4K glory” with the help of Petroglyph Games.

Petroglyph is the developer behind strategy games like Grey Goo, Star Wars: Empire at War and Guardians of Graxia.

“Today, I’m thrilled to tell you we are going to the beginning. We have decided to remaster Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn. And while this is incredibly exciting on its own, we’re also aware of how passionate the community is about the Red Alert universe. So, we will also remaster the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert™”, mentioned Jim Vessella trough the EA website.

The classic strategy game also featured some exciting expansion packs. And according to the report they will too get a remastered edition.

But what about the classic expansion packs you may ask – Covert Ops, Counterstrike, and Aftermath? Well, C&C and Red Alert wouldn’t be the same without them, so all three expansion packs will be bundled with the base games into one remastered collection – without microtransactions”, Vessella concluded.

Although these are awesome news, we are still long ways away from getting a release date. Vessella concluded stating that the game has not yet started development.

The Command & Conquer series kicked off in 1995 with Westwood Studios’ original real-time strategy game. EA will release a new take on the franchise, Command & Conquer: Rivals, for Android and iOS this December.

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