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Warner Bros. Contradicts Itself While Trying to Fix the Forthog Debacle

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Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Interactive announced the release of a special Uruk, Forthog Orc-Slayer, for the upcoming game Middle-Earth: Shadow of War in honor of the late Executive Producer Michael Forgey. Originally, this Uruk was available as a $4.99 DLC, and $3.50 from every sale was to be donated to Forgey’s family. While some gamers viewed the DLC as a kind gesture to both Forgey and his surviving family, others saw less-than-hidden signs Warner Bros. would profit  from these sales. Yesterday, the company announced it would make Forthog available to all Shadow of War owners for free. However, this decision might have made the controversy even worse.

Let’s start with something I immediately noticed in Warner Bros. recent statement: it notes Warner Bros. Interactive will refund all purchases of Forthog Orc-Slayer and will directly donate money to the Forgey family, but it doesn’t specify how much. Will the donation be a few thousand dollars or several million? Will Warner Bros. Interactive give more or less money than would have been donated from the DLC sales? The news might be good for us gamers, but not necessarily for the Forgeys.

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Furthermore, the statement also tries to clarify some information regarding the original donation controversy but ends up contradicting the original announcement. Yesterday’s post explained Warner Bros. Interactive intended to sell the DLC worldwide and donate all profits to the family, but the original announcement video stated Warner Bros. Interactive would donate only $3.50 per sale. Forthog Orc-Slayer originally cost $4.99, and when we subtract the 5% cut platforms such as Steam take from sales and the $3.50 donation, $1.24 would have gone to Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith Productions. 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor sold over 3,000,000 copies on the PlayStation 4 alone; therefore, one could easily assume that the sales for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and its Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC would eventually have reached the millions. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that even with $3.50 from each sale going to the Forgey family, eventually the increments of $1.24 would have added up to a hefty profit beyond the cost of development. Therefore, the new announcement contradicts the claim that Warner Bros. Interactive always wanted to donate all of the DLC profits to the family

The Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC debacle left a really bad taste in my mouth and almost completely turned me off from purchasing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. While I appreciate Warner Bros. Interactive trying to make amends and satisfy both gamers and the Forgey family, the company could stand to do a better job at fixing this mess.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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