The controversy surrounding the Forthog Orc-Slayer expansion pack is finally subsiding for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.
Posting on the official forums this week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that it will be pulling the memorial expansion pack from the shop and releasing it for free. Anyone who already purchased it by pre-ordering the game will receive a full refund.
In addition, the publisher has promised to make a single large donation directly to the family of the late executive producer Mike “Forthog” Forgey without any strings attached.
“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,” the publisher admitted. “We sincerely apologize to the fans and to the Forgey family for the confusion we created.”
The Forthog Orc-Slayer expansion pack was announced earlier this month to immortalize a lost colleague and friend at Monolith Productions and help raise funds to support his widow and children. Forgey died of cancer during the development of the highly anticipated sequel. Hence, the community greatly appreciated the notion from the publisher.
However, the campaign quickly attracted controversy because while the expansion pack would be available for purchase in globally, donations would only be made from sales in certain territories in the United States due to legal obligations.
The publisher assured that it would be taking no profits from the sales but the community remained skeptical. The decision to make the expansion free and address the controversy arrives just a few days before the launch of the game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is scheduled to release on October 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.