Social Conquest and Vendetta continue well beyond the initial Story
Shadow of War will feature some known social elements from Shadow of Mordor when it comes to online play and competition between players. One of them is the return of Vendetta missions. Another feature is the brand new Social Conquest. Both of these modes will allow the player to enter another player’s Mordor and complete certain objectives for various rewards. Keep reading for more detailed info on each one of the two Online Modes.
Social Conquest is one of the possible ways for the players to earn Gold – the new currency in Shadow of War. Social Conquest allows you to take a captured fortress, rearrange it the way you like (using the InGame currency and your available armies), then share it online for other players to try their luck assaulting it. To participate in Social Conquest, the player is not obligated to share any of their own fortresses, but can instead opt to assault any of the currently available in the social window fortresses. As can be expected, to complete the mission (defeating the Overload) with a Gold Achievement, speed is everything here. But so are other factors, such as how many and what types of followers you choose to take on with you. The rewards for completing the missions are split into the already familiar Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers.
Once inside, the mission tasks you with taking several capture points before you can proceed to meet and kill the Overload. All capture points must be taken first. The good news is that once a point is taken, the defenders will not be able to take it back. It is possible to brand the weakened captains, but they will not return with Talion to your own version of Mordor.
Social Conquest is available in 2 categories:
- Friendly – allows you to take on a mission without risking losing any of your followers during the progress.
- Ranked – each success boosts your assault rating, allowing you to take on progressively harder fortresses. A failed conquest will, however, lower your rating, plus a dead captain during an assault will also result in that captain being killed in your own version of Mordor as well.
Social Conquest allows players to continue assaulting fortresses even after all of the available ones are conquered in the story version of the game.
The Vendetta mode in Shadow of War is an expanded and upgraded version of what you might remember from Shadow of Mordor. With a few differences, though. Starting a vendetta, teleports your Talion into the other player’s version of Mordor with their Nemesis System and so on. The missions are more complex now and include an objective that needs to be completed before the targeted Orc is summoned – similar to what Warchiefs missions were in Shadow of Mordor. Vendetta missions reward both the creator of the mission and the player, who has completed it and killed the orc. The reward is a special Vendetta chest box for the pleyer, who completes it and notifies the quest creator that their mission has been completed, then rewards them with some spoils of war. Each Vendetta target has a kill count when moused over on the map screen – it shows how many Talions that target has defeated so far. Players only get one chance per Vendetta mission. Failure means the mission is not available any more for them to take on again.
Official Q&A from Monolith
What can I get with Gold?
Along with Mirian, players can use Gold to purchase Loot Chests that contain Gear for Talion (weapons and armor), War Chests that provide Orcs for your army of followers and Boosts that help level up Talion faster.
Do I have to pay for Gold?
No, Gold is awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenges. It can also be purchased through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store and by adding funds to your Steam Wallet using real money. Everything a player can buy with Gold can also be earned in the game over time for free, but Gold gives players the option to acquire these items faster. No Gold purchases are necessary to enjoy the complete game experience.
What do you mean when you say Gold can save time?
By simply engaging with the world and playing through Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you earn items like Gear for Talion and unique Orcs for your army. These are the same items that are found in the Market within Loot Chests and War Chests. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately, cutting down some of the additional time that would have been spent winning more battles, tracking nemeses, completing quests and assaulting fortresses.
Does Gold give me an advantage in the game?
No, Gold does not give you any advantage over other players. A player who invests enough time can progress the same amount and have access to the same content as a player who purchases Gold. Gold is not required to progress or advance in the game at all.
Are there unique items in the market purchased using Gold that you can’t get through normal play?
No, all of the aforementioned items can be earned playing through the game. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately.
How much does Gold cost?
Prices for Gold will be communicated at a later date.
► Source: wbgames community forums
Microtransactions! People think this unbalances the whole game and ruins everything! Care to comment?
A. Just so you know – all our balance tests have been done without use of the market. The market didn’t effect our balancing at all.
► Source: Shadow of War Public Discord Server.
This guide was scripted from what Eurogamer presented us with in their video walkthrough, which I have embedded below.