I can’t help but wonder if World Of Warcraft should be finally looking to make its transition into the free-to-play category. I know this has been talked about a lot for at least the past couple of years. Now with the hint of more micro-transactions I can’t help but think that it might finally be time. I sure hope so! I loved the game. I played it for six years and loved every second of it. I quit because I was just finally done with it. I’ve returned a few times to check out the newest expansions and stuff but haven’t stuck around past my month of returning, even though I sure did mean to. I just can’t justify the monthly sub anymore. As much as I love the game, I’m not nearly as dedicated to it as I used to be, and I just don’t want to play enough to make it worth the cost.
The game is always being datamined. New info pops up very often before Blizzard ever announces it. Of course most of it is rumors and speculation, but from what I’ve seen, the rumors and speculation have come true more often than not. Most recently discovered was a potion called Enduring Elixir of Wisdom that grants double experience for an hour. It was tagged with the words: In Game Store. That’s pretty big news.
A Blizzard rep has responded on it saying:
“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.”
Now this makes it clear to me that it has nothing to do with going free-to-play. I’m just writing my hopes in relation to this recent news. The first time Blizzard brought in their store items for the game such as mounts and pets made me very angry. I already paid monthly, I would have appreciated being able to earn those items in-game. I just thought it was pretty ridiculous. I think it would make more sense to offer those items on the cash shop but also make them loot-able in-game. So when WoW started offering these micro-transactions I was ready to quit just over that. But I didn’t, I just loved the game too much. It still made me very angry.
With this type of micro-transaction I really hope they’re looking into moving into free-to-play. I would definitely start playing the game again. Not just that, but this kind of micro-transaction does not belong in a subscription based game in my opinion. Neither did mounts or pets. That’s just my opinion though. I know many people think differently. I just felt kind of robbed that I couldn’t even earn these cash shop items in-game when I was already paying a sub you know?