Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC was developed to immortalise Michael Forgey, a developer on Shadow of War that passed away due to cancer. This touching tribute's intention was to donate all proceeds the DLC made to the family of Michael Forgey. However, a factually incorrect tweet from Monolith’s team explaining that international profits would not be donated, caused an angry stir among the community. Monolith Productions have now released a statement correcting this tweet.
“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 The DLC will be withdrawn from sale and will be a free download for owners of Middle-earth: Shadow of War.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.”
While this unfortunate miscommunication may have caused some anger in the community, Monolith Productions have cleared the issue and now everyone that purchases a copy of Shadow of War will be able to experience Forthog Orc-Slayer for themselves.
Shadow of War will be available on Xbox One X, Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro beginning 10th October 2017.