Monolith’s Middle of Earth: Shadow of War game will be receiving a piece of DLC to commemorate a team member who passed away during the game’s development.
The piece of downloadable content, “Forthog the Orc Slayer”, adds a new character to the game who, not unlike Fallout‘s Mysterious Stranger, will sometimes wade in to dispatch troublesome foes. The DLC is a tribute to Mike Forgey, Shadow of War‘s executive producer who passed away from cancer during the game’s development.
WB Games, the title’s publishers, will be donating $3.50 to Forgey’s family each time someone buys the $5 downloadable content.
Unfortunately, as has been pointed out by pundit Sid Alpha and others and confirmed by the Shadow of War Twitter account, purchases outside of the United States and in certain US states do not qualify. You can still pre-order and ultimately play the DLC but no money from your purchase will be going to Forgey’s family. This may well be due to legal issues surrounding charity donations, the family being based in the US. But it leaves WB Games wide open to criticism and risks tainting an otherwise touching and charitable gesture. It would have been more appropriate, surely, to not to offer the DLC outside those qualifying states.
Shadow of War launches on October 10th and, should you wish to directly make a donation to Mike Forgey’s family, you can donate through this YouCaring campaign.