Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was a surprise hit, a game of the year contender even, that gave developer Monolith Productions and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment a new triple-A game franchise with unique mechanics, but with the sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the companies are taking some money-hungry actions that may hinder its success before it even releases.

In a move that can only be described as off-putting, Monolith’s “Community Specialist” posted an official announcement on the Shadow of War forum titled Introducing the Market. And in a few short paragraphs, the company combined the much beloved and innovative Nemesis System of the first game, and infused it with ...

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