Following on from the announcement that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will have loot boxes and microtransactions, it turns out that it'll also have multiplayer features. Combine the two, and it's no surprise that you've got a lot of concerned gamers.
So what actually are these multiplayer features? According to Eurogamer, you'll essentially be able to invade the fortresses of other players and attempt to conquer them. This 'social conquest' mode has two settings: friendly and ranked. Friendly allows you to invade without risking the army you've built up, while ranked will see your orcish followers die permanently if they're killed in battle.
It's that latter detail that has some people worried. If you're going to go looking for some of the high-end loot that you get from conquering another player's fortress and your best warriors are cut down during the assault, isn't that potentially pushing you to spend some real money on rebuilding your forces? Bringing multiplayer into the equation has certainly complicated the conversation.
As far as we can tell, this also means those who splash cash on loot boxes are going to power up faster than those who don't, and they'll therefore be more effective when it comes to conquering bases. Again, the balance of the game is being called into question.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on all this? Feel free to have a good old rant in the comments section below.