Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the fall’s most anticipated games coming from the well-received 2014 title Shadow of Mordor, and while the developer is including a touching memorial for one of its executive producers that passed away last year, some questions arose about the direction of the funds that have been clarified by publisher Warner Bros.
Last week it was announced that developer Monolith Productions would be releasing a DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor in tribute to Michael Forgey, the game’s executive producer that unfortunately passed away in March of last year due to complications from brain cancer. The DLC would honor his memory with a special NPC Orc character called Forthog Orc-Slayer, which will release alongside the game in October.
In the original announcement, Warner Bros. explained that the DLC would cost $4.99 and that $3.50 of each purchase would proceed directly to Forgey’s family through December 31st, 2019. However, in the fine print of the announcement video for the DLC, it was stated by Warner Bros. that proceeds for Forgey’s family would only come from the United States, with certain states excluded and not accounting for the game’s international sales. The full fine print behind the DLC can be found below:
WB Games will donate to the Forgey family $3.50 from every purchase of the Forthog Orcslayer made from any 1 of the 50 United States or D.C. (but, excluding purchases made from AL, HI, IL, MA, MS and SC) through December 31, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. Your purchase is not tax deductible.
The fine print itself was put into question by several notable critics (such as John Bain (Totalbiscuit) and Jim Sterling) as to where the remaining funds from the DLC would go, as well as where money from the game internationally would go if they weren’t being proceeded towards Forgey’s family and whether they would turn into profit for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment or Monolith Productions.
In response to fan feedback and criticism, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment expressed through Twitter that “neither WBIE nor Monolith will profit from any sales of the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC regardless of the territory in which that DLC is sold.” While the company hasn’t provided further explanation yet of where those remaining funds will go, hopefully the statement implies that the remaining funds will be put towards another worthy cause or other route, even if they aren’t necessarily going towards Forgey’s family.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 10th, 2017.