Shadow of War is the sequel to 2014's critically acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, developed by Monolith and released by WB Interactive. The game looks to expand on many of the original's mechanics, such as the Nemesis system and the Orc army. Unfortunately, the game has run into several major speed-bumps on its road to release. Microtransactions As is typical with modern Triple A releases, Shadow of War will be introducing both a pseudo-multiplayer system where Orcs from the Single Player campaign are used to invade other player's fortresses, as well as micro-transactions using real-world currency. Players will be able to buy XP (Experience), as well as Orcs for use in the game via randomized chests. For obvious reasons, this poses an issue, as players who put money into the game will receive an inherent advantage over players who do not, on top of having bought a full price sixty dollar game. Totino's Promotion While the game, slated for an October 10th launch date, is still approaching on the horizon, players are able to buy Totino's brand products and use codes included to win in-game gold once the game launches. This is some incredibly cynical marketing, telling people to buy products to win virtual currency for a game that isn't released yet.Michael Forgey's Forthog Orc-Slayer Charity DLC Michael Forgey, a Producer on Shadow of War, recently lost his fight with cancer and died on March 3rd, 2017. In honor of him, the team at Monolith created a special DLC featuring a character based on Forgey known as Forgoth Orc-Slayer, with 3.50 of each sale going towards the family. However, several prominent Youtubers, specifically Jim Sterling and TotalBiscuit, noticed in the fine-print that this would only apply to 44 states in the United States, and not to any international territories. When asked about this, WB Interactive stated that they would not profit off of the DLC, but have failed to indicate where the rest of the money would go. I feel like this information needs to be disclosed to those who might be purchasing this game in the future, so they can be fully aware of what they're buying, and from whom.