Warner Bros states that they won't profit from Shadow of War's Forthog DLC

Warner Brothers Games will not profit from this DLC

Warner Bros states that they won't profit from Shadow of War's Forthog DLC

Warner Bros states that they won't profit from Shadow of War's Forthog DLC

 

Last week, Monolith Productions and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment revealed Shadow of War's "Forthog Orc-Slayer" DLC, which is dedicated to Monolith's Executive producer Michael Forgey, who sadly passed away last year after battling cancer.

In this DLC's trailer, Warner Brothers stated that $3.50 from each DLC purchase would go to the Forgey Family until December 31st, 2019, through the small print of the trailer clarified that this only applied to the majority of US States and not to territories outside of the US and certain select states.     

No clarification was given on what would happen to money raised from this DLC outside of the United States, leading to accusations of unclear communications from the publisher to claims of profiting from the death of a beloved employee. Warner Brothers have since released the following statement to Eurogamer.

 


Neither Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment nor Monolith Productions will profit from any sales of the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC regardless of the territory in which that DLC is sold. 

 

Sadly this does little to clarify the situation, as it does not state explicitly what will happen to the funds raised outside of their select US territories. Will these additional funds now be going to the Forgey family or will they be donated to charity? 

 

 

From the side of Monolith Productions, this has been seen as a very heartwarming gesture, immortalising the late Michael "Forthog" Forgey into the game that he helped to create. As a memorial to "Forthog", Monolith decided to showcase parts of his character in Shadow of War, acting as a potential saviour for the player in times of great need, emulating what he did for the studio while he worked there. 

Even small details for "Forthog Orc-Slayer" showcases the man behind the legend, with his mighty axe acting as his chosen instrument both inside and outside of battle. In life, "Forthog" was known to be a talented musician, with the term Orc-Slayer coming from Monolith's in-house band of the same name.

It is expected that additional clarification will be given in time about the fate of the funds raised by this DLC.  

 

You can join the discussion on Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's "Forthog Orc Slayer" DLC on the OC3D Forums

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05-09-2017, 04:42:28

NeverBackDown
Would like it if they could clarify more. Tired of hearing all this BS about how they are another example of how terrible game devs are and worse how they are all greedy looking to profit off gamers etc.
Gets old quick.Quote

05-09-2017, 05:46:06

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Would like it if they could clarify more. Tired of hearing all this BS about how they are another example of how terrible game devs are and worse how they are all greedy looking to profit off gamers etc.
Gets old quick.
Yeah, additional clarity would be nice.

What isn't helping is the group of so-called "industry Analyst" YouTubers that will fan any controversy for clicks. We all know that most of them know nothing more than most people who follow the scene.Quote

05-09-2017, 05:49:49

sedontane
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What isn't helping is the group of so-called "industry Analyst" YouTubers that will fan any controversy for clicks.
That said, I and most people (I think) wouldn't have spotted the smallprint legalese without them. I didn't see it until TB mentioned it... though I don't think he is "fanning it for clicks.... I suspect you are referring to a more inflammatory crowd.Quote

05-09-2017, 07:02:08

WYP
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Originally Posted by sedontane View Post
That said, I and most people (I think) wouldn't have spotted the smallprint legalese without them. I didn't see it until TB mentioned it... though I don't think he is "fanning it for clicks.... I suspect you are referring to a more inflammatory crowd.
TB is one of the few people who I know is not fanning for clicks. He only weighs in when he has something constructive to say about the subject.

He knows that his knowledge on the subject is limited and doesn't pretend to know anything more than he does. TB doesn't usually profit from those videos either, especially in cases where there is an obvious cause to donate the revenue to.

I have lots of respect for TB in this regard, he is one of the few that cares more about the industry than farming it for clicks.Quote

05-09-2017, 12:27:20

NeverBackDown
TB is the one who bother me the most in this situation. His video was an emotional response. Not a well researched or thought out video. Just responding because of how he felt. He's the reason why this became such a big deal in the first place since he has a large following. Everybody was ok with it until he made his video. Now the whole world is angry.Quote
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