Blizzard considering microtransactions for World of Warcraft
The dreaded microtransaction could be heading to one of the titans of modern MMOs, World of Warcraft, Blizzard revealed this week.
A few days prior to now, players on WoW’s public test server discovered something disconcerting: an in-game store that includes an item called the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom, which, according to its description, enables players who put down the cash to level-grind twice as fast.
Now, bear in mind, World of Warcraft already features the option to buy pets and mounts using real money, but they don’t affect gameplay too much. However, the idea of being able to buy gameplay boosts, to essentially “pay to win”, has left several WoW players and forum users understandably concerned.
Those concerns probably weren’t allayed much by Blizzard community manager Zarhym, who said the following on the Battle.net forums: "We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We'll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses."
There you have it. What do you guys think of the possibility of microtransactions in WoW?
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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