We recently covered a story depicting the problems surrounding the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC, and how Warner Bro’s and Monolith had not made it clear that purchases made outside the US wont count as donations.
For those of you unaware of the story , Michael Forthog an executive producer for the game Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War passed away from a rare form of cancer known as glioblastoma. The folks at Monolith and Warner bro’s sought to “immortalize” him in the game in the form of a DLC.
The DLC character is showcased as an “unstoppable warrior who saves Mordor’s mightiest heroes at their moment of greatest need,” who shows up randomly to aid the player in difficult situations. The DLC character will be available for purchase for $5 and $3.50 of every purchase will be donated to the Forgey family by the end of December 31, 2019.
But the memorial for the Producer came under some heavy fire as the disclaimer at the end of its trailer suggested that the charitable cause was only applicable on the purchases made within the United States except Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Which caused an uproar as there was confusion as to why weren’t Monolith and Warner bro’s more forth coming with this information , and only released it when they were confronted about it
Althought WB games did tweet out a follow up to the backlash here is the official wording “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.” .
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.
— Shadow of War (@shadowofwargame) September 6, 2017
Why not just put him in the game and just donate to his family? Ya know because the 10 guys on the top are filthy rich…
— Chad Collins (@NocturnalsEve) September 7, 2017
So the money vanishes? The DLC costed so much to develop? You noted the "money goes to the family" works only in part of the US.
— Mark Markowski (@Inanites) September 7, 2017
Although the explanation on this is still quite unclear, and as you can see from the tweets its not gaining the devs any favors . Do they mean that they will match the donations and give the amount to the Forgey family , or donate towards cancer research? A clear explanation hence it seems has still not been forthcoming.
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