Warner Bros. and Monolith Productions have apologized for miscommunication surrounding the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC, and are making some adjustments.
The Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC was created by the team at Monolith to immortalize Michael Forgey in-game. A producer on Shadow of War, Forgey sadly passed away during the production of the game, leaving behind a wife and children. The DLC was created not only to put their friend and colleague in the game, but for charity purposes. Warner Bros. intended to donate all proceeds to the Forgey family, but that was lost in translation.
Due to confusing wording, it seemed as if Warner Bros. would not be donating proceeds outside of the U.S. Furthermore, an incorrect Tweet from the team seemed to confirm that this was the case.
Warner Bros. have issued a statement apologizing for it’s handling of the incident. The company detailed that it was it’s intention to donate all proceeds from across the globe to the Forgey family, but weren’t able to due to compliance obligations. They apologize for any grievance:
“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.”
In order to make everything right, Warner Bros. is doing two things. First off, the Forthog DLC will be made free for everyone, ensuring that Forgey can be truly immortalized in every copy of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Those that already purchased the DLC will receive a full refund. Secondly, Warner Bros. will be making a direct donation to the Forgey family. For those who still wish to donate, please check out the Forgey’s youcaring page.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is out October 10 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.