Former Developer Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Will Be Immortalised As DLC, Free For Everyone
Mike Forgey was an executive producer for Middle-earth: Shadow Of War until his passing in 2016 due to cancer. As a tribute, developers Monolith decided to immortalise their colleague in the last game he made as Forthog Orcslayer.
Throughout your journey, should you be defeated by an orc, there is a chance for Forthog Orcslayer to come and save you by insta-killing the orc, in the style of the Mysterious Stranger from Fallout.
It’s a touching tribute. However, there was a big kerfuffle surrounding it, because originally it was meant to paid DLC. Profits from it was meant to be directed to Forgey’s family directly, but the fine print details in the original video (now taken down) indicates that it only does so for certain states within the US. More confusingly, an official tweet, now deemed as “factually incorrect” and has been deleted, clarified that sales outside of US will not go to the Forgey family.
The result was a heartwarming tribute gone wrong, with various outlets, especially vocal Youtubers that first pointed out the discrepancy of this charity DLC. It painted the picture that publisher Warner Bros wanted to make profit out of a tragedy.
Thankfully, as some time has passed, the Forthog Orcslayer is re-promoted again and this time it will be made free of charge for everyone. Refunds will be issued to those that had purchased the DLC earlier.
As community admin GypsyWB explain in a forum post:
“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.
“We sincerely apologize to the fans and to the Forgey family for the confusion we created.”
Warner Bros. will instead make a direct donation to the Forgey family rather than tying it with sales of DLC. Direct donations to the family can be made here.