Can you play without this purchase? No , ergo you are paying for the game.
The game is planned to release 'free-to-play'. Should you want entrance to the late Beta (referred to as Early Access by Steam) then you will have to buy some micro-transaction items.
Alternatively you can wait for the game to release and play it for free then.
Technically, you're paying for a load of loot from the store. They aren't charging you money for early access to a free game (per se).
Yes exactly but i think the point they are making is that but he is probably like a black man of Gondor or something to make it more inclusive not an enemy haradrim working for the Dark Lord. Obviously at the time Tolkien was writing Lord of the rings he was mostly writing it from perspective of an English man of that time. All that political correctness we have now is something that he would never have thought of.
I just hope that whatever they do makes sense. Like a story of a Southron trader or mercenary who travels to Gondor for x,y,z and then gets swept up in to the events. Or better yet a Haradrim who doesn't just follow along with the rest of his culture. The hope is that they actually make him have an interesting story, not just paint a Gondorian black as if though they're hitting quotas.
Taking a check list approach without much rhyme, reason or development to the characters is, in my opinion, a disservice if the goal is to incorporate/include. This dude getting a full DLC based around him is a good indicator that Monolith is on the better track.
Overwatch is more of a case of inspired by what we are talking about is a pretty obvious theft dont be a smart ass.
Pvp in wow has been a mess since after we left vanilla which was the only time when it was more or less balanced. All this pvp gear and fancy new stuff they did is just fubar. If it aint broke dont need to reinvent the wheel.