Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has had over 3 million betrayals so far

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Despite the creeping annoyance of loot boxes that hovered around like a chocolate in your cupboard when you’re trying to lose weight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a damn fine game. Already in my personal top ten of the year, it’s a game of treachery, domination and shaming. Lots and lots of it in fact, as a few weeks after launch and the numbers that have come in for the game have been nothing short of staggering.

That’s according to a recent tweet from the Shadow of War account, breaking down the numbers of the game:

  • 1.5 million active players worldwide
  • 3.3 billion Orcs vanquished
  • 193 million Orcs dominated in the first week
  • 3.65 million betrayals
  • 13.3 million Orcs shamed
  • 3.46 million player forts sieged

Those are good numbers. What do they really mean though? The cynic in me thinks that no matter how much of an uproar or a stink is created over loot boxes, it doesn’t exactly hurt the sales of a game that much. Or maybe at all even. Shadow of War had an especially tough path, with fans incensed over not only the addition of loot crates that could be purchased with real cash, but also over DLC which at first glance appeared to be profiting from the death of a developer who was involved with the rebirth of the Lord Of The Rings in video game form.

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That was the kind of publicity that nobody wanted, least of all a video game developer that had most likely sunk a ton of cash into the production of a sequel that was bigger and bolder than the original. Shadow of War clearly overcame that bad press when it launched, due to the primary fact that it’s a damn good game.

There’s no denying that the loot boxes are utter, tempting rubbish, but Shadow of War’s numbers paint a winning picture for the series. It may have a definitive ending, but if the sales match the staggering digits? I have a feeling that we’ll return to Middle-Earth sooner rather than later.

Last Updated: October 25, 2017

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  • For the Emperor!

    Can one play the game in “offline” mode at all? Like when Telkom fails? I do not want a game that changes my playing experience too much just because I am trying to play from a beach in Thailand…

    • Hammersteyn

      I’ve been on a beach in Thailand, playing games was the last thing on my mind… well video games that is.

      • For the Emperor!

        Yeah I was being a bit ridiculous hehe. Think I need to go to those beaches since they are on my mind so much now! Koh Phi Phi, either in Viking or Phi Phi The Beach…best places for above-board massages overlooking the ocean 😛

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          And below board? Asking for a friend.

          • For the Emperor!

            Lol, the open beach massages, as well as those in the town on the paths with more heavy traffic are safe. Off the beaten path on Koh Phi Phi, you get those that greet you as you pass them with a slight touch to the arm, asking “Massage mistaaaaaa*” while winking and blowing a kiss. Or…so a friend told me 😛
            *Alternatively “Alloe Vela mistaaaaaa?”

        • Hammersteyn

          Do it!

  • Hammersteyn

    Only 1.5 active users…. that’s not a lot is it? Oh well, I’m sure they’ll make up for the loss in sales with loot boxes.

  • Matthew Holliday

    betrayals are damn annoying.
    I can button bash with the best of them, but when you’re fighting a captain, someone ambushes him and one or two of your dudes betrays you, all at once, while other baddies are just getting in the way… There are only so many buttons you can push.
    Especially annoying when youve just done 3 missions for one of the dudes that have just betrayed you.

    Games fun though. A little rough around the edges, but fun.
    Notifications from different regions arent particularly clear and trying to make progress with the game while maintaining your army is annoying.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    On the other hand, just imagine how many they would have sold without the bad publicity? Easily triple!

  • Original Heretic

    I’d like to see a stat on how many loot boxes have been purchased.

  • BenjaMan64

    Great game. Even after Platinuming it, I still come back to it once in a while.

    Also, I didn’t need a single loot box to finish it, I only opened one to get a Gang order for a trophy.

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