Just recently, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a statement announcing that the controversial “Forthog Orc-Slayer“ DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of War would now become free. In addition to the annoucement, the Forthog DLC trailer has been re-released, which you can view above.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War – Forthog Controversy
Earlier this month, developer Monolith Productions and Warner Bros announced the piece of DLC to commemorate late Shadow of War‘s Executive Producer, Michael “Forthog” Forgey who passed away last year from a rare form of brain cancer.
Originally, revenue generated from the character add-on was meant to be donated to Forgey’s family over his costly treatment. Controversy and backlash from fans soon followed the publisher over who, or where exactly the intended proceeds were going to.
According to the statement made today by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, this was the result of poor communication over the terms of the deal, in order to comply with local regulations on charitable donations. The publisher recognized that donating the sales of a DLC wasn’t the most optimal approach for achieving the goal of offering financial support to Forgey’s family.
Therefore, the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC has been changed from paid to free for everyone who purchases the game, and the publisher will instead be making a donation directly to the Forgey family.
You can read the full statement from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, below:
“The Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC was created by the team at Monolith Productions to immortalize Michael Forgey, a dear friend and colleague, and to raise funds to help support his widow and children.
Specifically, we decided to sell the DLC worldwide and donate all profits from the DLC to the family. Although we decided to donate all profits to the family, we only planned to actively promote this donation in the U.S. (excluding certain states based on their charitable promotion laws). We hoped this approach would raise as much money as possible for the Forgey family in compliance with the law. Our decision not to promote the donation outside the U.S. (even though we intended to donate the money) caused many to question where funds from other territories were going. Answering that direct question itself could have triggered compliance obligations or put us in violation of cause marketing laws in some of the 241 territories in which the content was available.
Additionally, a factually incorrect tweet from our team exacerbated the confusion by stating that international funds would not be going to the family. For absolute clarity; our intention was always to give all profits from the DLC, worldwide to the Forgey family.
We now recognize that tying our donation to sales of the DLC was not the best way to achieve our goal of offering financial support to the family and creating a lasting memorial to Michael Forgey. We sincerely apologize to the fans and to the Forgey family for the confusion we created.
To ensure the two original aims are still met and to provide transparency to the community, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will instead make a donation directly to the Forgey family. The DLC will be withdrawn from sale and will be a free download for owners of Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Anyone who has purchased the DLC will receive a full refund. If there is interest in donating directly to the family, please visit their youcaring site.”
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is launching just next month, on October 10 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms!
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