Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of a handful of games that is attracting negative attention right now for offering players loot boxes they can purchase to gain a slight advantage. But PC players may not have to spend a dime to unlock these crates thanks to the PC’s many cheat apps.

Cheat Engine, a popular tool that enables people to modify their games to unlock unlimited health, ammo, and more, works the new Middle-earth game. And some players of the new The Lord of the Rings spinoff have found that you can use Cheat Engine to access an unlimited amount of the silver Mirian currency, which they are then exchanging for loot boxes. Warner Bros. is selling a premium gold currency that players can exchange for loot boxes, but Cheat Engine makes it unnecessary to spend any money at all.

I’ve reached out to Warner Bros. for a statement about this, and I’ll update with any new information from the publisher.

This trick does not work with the premium currency because WB stores that data on a live server, but Shadow of War saves silver on your PC. That means if you stay offline, you can keep buying as many loot boxes as you want.

Warner Bros. may actually have a bigger issue than free loot boxes when it comes to Cheat Engine. Some players are reporting that it works in the online mode that enables players to infiltrate one another’s bases. That could destroy the balance, and it’s something that may keep fans who don’t cheat away from spending money on loot boxes because people who cheat will still have an advantage.

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