Warner Bros. offers clarification on Shadow of War charity DLC profits

A few days ago, it was announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will include an optional $4.99 DLC purchase for a unique orc follower, with proceeds from the purchase going towards the family of a Monolith Productions producer who passed away due to cancer last year. However, some recently discovered fine print has cast doubt on publisher Warner Bros. true intentions regarding the DLC’s profits.

Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to notice that, even though it was originally confirmed that $3.50 of the total $4.99 DLC purchase price will be donated to the deceased producer’s family, a disclaimer buried in the original announcement also says that such conditions don’t apply to DLC purchases made in certain U.S. states and in specific international regions. Those who read the disclaimer naturally began to wonder where exactly the money would go instead, and whether Warner Bros. would be profiting more from the DLC purchases than it let on.

Warner Bros., for its part, released the following statement in response to the issue:

“Neither WBIE nor Monolith will profit from any sales of the Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC regardless of the territory in which that DLC is sold.”

While the above statement is direct and somewhat reassuring, it still doesn’t explain where exactly the donation proceeds (not to mention the $1.49 that’s left over after the donation amount is subtracted from the DLC’s price) from purchases made in those select U.S. states and international regions are going. One can assume they’re ensuring that Monolith and WB at least break even on the costs that went into the DLC, but WB’s silence on the matter certainly isn’t doing it any favors.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is set to launch on October 10 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.