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World of Warcraft: Limited Free to Play Adopted

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,596MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft is adopting a limited free to play option for players who'd like to 'try before buy'. Players can take advantage of levels 1-20 with some limitations including gold acquisition, guild membership, voice chat, etc. This new program replaces the 10-day free trials previously offered by Blizzard.

The new program is another way Blizzard Entertainment is trying to rope in new players for its popular online game. New players will have to buy all three expansions in addition to the original game if they want to continue playing past the first 20 levels of the game. Blizzard Entertainment recently dropped the price for an original copy of the game and the first expansion to $20, but the other expansions are still priced at around $35.

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  • TardcoreTardcore MinskPosts: 2,325Member

    Well at least the level 19 twinked PVPers should be ecstatic about this.

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  • SwampRobSwampRob Halifax, NSPosts: 1,008Member

    Originally posted by Tardcore

    Well at least the level 19 twinked PVPers should be ecstatic about this.

    Nope.   Trial accounts cannot PvP from what I've read.   You also cannot team with other trial players, but a paying account can invite you.    In fact, there are so many limitations on the trial account it's laughable.

  • CeridithCeridith Toronto, ONPosts: 2,980Member

    Looks like Blizzard is getting antsy about it's subscriber base starting to flop.

  • CheogaeCheogae Valley, ALPosts: 6Member

    Blizzard could afford to make the original game F2P if they wanted to 

  • silverreignsilverreign Whitehouse, TXPosts: 401Member Uncommon

    i agree. they r slowly losing subs and now u can see it. their own fault really.

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  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,183Member Uncommon

    I dont see this as a reaction to falling subs (which are over exaggrated btw) but a reaction to the changing market where F2P seems to be the norm and P2P the exception.

    As to the trial restrictions as harsh as they are they are there to stop botters, griefers and gold farmers.

  • DragimDragim Boring, KSPosts: 867Member

    "New players will have to buy all three expansions in addition to the original game if they want to continue playing past the first 20 levels of the game"

    Interesting.  So if you play free to 20, you cannot just buy WoW, you HAVE to buy WoW, BC, WoTLK, and Cataclysm?  So to actually play WoW past 20 by choosing the free trial route you will spend what... (estimate)...80$ or so?

    I am curious if they really mean you HAVE to buy all the expansions.  I still only have BC and that is all I want.  The ability to que for BGs.  No point in doing anything else really.. lol.  My one month sub after 3 years of not playing (more or less) will not be resubbed.

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  • SyrusSyiSyrusSyi Asheville, NCPosts: 366Member

    I bet if they made world of warcraft f2p and added a item shop they would get over 12 millon subsribers again


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  • VikingGamerVikingGamer Nowhere, TXPosts: 1,347Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Dragim

    "New players will have to buy all three expansions in addition to the original game if they want to continue playing past the first 20 levels of the game"

    Interesting.  So if you play free to 20, you cannot just buy WoW, you HAVE to buy WoW, BC, WoTLK, and Cataclysm?  So to actually play WoW past 20 by choosing the free trial route you will spend what... (estimate)...80$ or so?

    I am curious if they really mean you HAVE to buy all the expansions.  I still only have BC and that is all I want.  The ability to que for BGs.  No point in doing anything else really.. lol.  My one month sub after 3 years of not playing (more or less) will not be resubbed.

    The new trial includes WoW and BC, that is, you can role blood elves and draenai, so I expect that you will be able to upgrade your account to a paying version of just that now that they have those two on sale for $20 or some such. Basically there is no such thing as just buying vanilla anymore. I wonder what that will mean for those who never upgraded an account to BC. Do you get it free now? Probably.

    But considering the leveling curve in WoW, 20 levels seems pretty limited. This essentially turns the 10 day trial into a 10 hour trial.

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  • shhwolf17shhwolf17 Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 146Member
  • MeltdownMeltdown Home, NHPosts: 1,184Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by syrusmag3



    I bet if they made world of warcraft f2p and added a item shop they would get over 12 millon subsribers again


     

    lol? I'm pretty sure f2p would be zero subs

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  • Kaynos1972Kaynos1972 Quebec, QCPosts: 2,316Member

    Anyone think that picture look exactly like the Cornflake Rooster ?

  • SerenexSerenex millington, NJPosts: 125Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by VikingGamer

    Originally posted by Dragim

    "New players will have to buy all three expansions in addition to the original game if they want to continue playing past the first 20 levels of the game"

    Interesting.  So if you play free to 20, you cannot just buy WoW, you HAVE to buy WoW, BC, WoTLK, and Cataclysm?  So to actually play WoW past 20 by choosing the free trial route you will spend what... (estimate)...80$ or so?

    I am curious if they really mean you HAVE to buy all the expansions.  I still only have BC and that is all I want.  The ability to que for BGs.  No point in doing anything else really.. lol.  My one month sub after 3 years of not playing (more or less) will not be resubbed.

    The new trial includes WoW and BC, that is, you can role blood elves and draenai, so I expect that you will be able to upgrade your account to a paying version of just that now that they have those two on sale for $20 or some such. Basically there is no such thing as just buying vanilla anymore. I wonder what that will mean for those who never upgraded an account to BC. Do you get it free now? Probably.

    But considering the leveling curve in WoW, 20 levels seems pretty limited. This essentially turns the 10 day trial into a 10 hour trial.

    Even with the 10 day trial, it was capped at lvl 20.

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  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,916Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by VikingGamer

    so I expect that you will be able to upgrade your account to a paying version of just that now that they have those two on sale for $20 or some such.

    Basically there is no such thing as just buying vanilla anymore. I wonder what that will mean for those who never upgraded an account to BC. Do you get it free now? Probably.

    From what I read:  Yes and Yes.

    I still have a Vanilla account left over from multi-boxing back then.  I checked last night and it's now got BC added.


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  • fivorothfivoroth LondonPosts: 3,662Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by VikingGamer

    Originally posted by Dragim

    "New players will have to buy all three expansions in addition to the original game if they want to continue playing past the first 20 levels of the game"

    Interesting.  So if you play free to 20, you cannot just buy WoW, you HAVE to buy WoW, BC, WoTLK, and Cataclysm?  So to actually play WoW past 20 by choosing the free trial route you will spend what... (estimate)...80$ or so?

    I am curious if they really mean you HAVE to buy all the expansions.  I still only have BC and that is all I want.  The ability to que for BGs.  No point in doing anything else really.. lol.  My one month sub after 3 years of not playing (more or less) will not be resubbed.

    The new trial includes WoW and BC, that is, you can role blood elves and draenai, so I expect that you will be able to upgrade your account to a paying version of just that now that they have those two on sale for $20 or some such. Basically there is no such thing as just buying vanilla anymore. I wonder what that will mean for those who never upgraded an account to BC. Do you get it free now? Probably.

    But considering the leveling curve in WoW, 20 levels seems pretty limited. This essentially turns the 10 day trial into a 10 hour trial.

    The old 10 day trial also had tons of limitations - gold cap, no trade, level capped at 20. You couldn't get past level 20 with the old 10 day trial too...

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  • SaorlanSaorlan LeedsPosts: 289Member

    Personally I would not play this game even if it was F2P.

    I have never seen such a blatant rip off dumbed down version of EQ with horrid cartoon graphic style. How anyone pays money for this utter shite is beyond me.

    12 millions subs? That is sad man, very very sad.

    What does it say about MMO gaming ?

    Sad.

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  • BunkafishBunkafish Toronto, ONPosts: 57Member

    good decision, now if only all other mmo's could do the same thing. Nothing worse than buying an mmo and realizing you hate it 2 days later. The unlimited time frame for the trial helps people that aren't able to play everyday to have the ability to judge over a longer time period. 

    In all honesty though I don't see how it's possible after 6+ years running that there are still people out there that haven't at least tried the game.

    PS I love how quick the "haters" jump on any WoW post to give everyone their personal opinion on how it ruined the mmo industry. 

    EQ, DAOC, AO and whatever other games you think are better are still up and running... go play them if they're so great!

  • UzlebUzleb Windsor, ONPosts: 162Member

    I'll do it for you Mike O’Brien.

     

    *points and laughes out loud*

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  • wardoxywardoxy BrgPosts: 81Member

    Lol, R.I.P. WoW

  • snoop101snoop101 Calgary, ABPosts: 398Member

    Originally posted by Bunkafish



    good decision, now if only all other mmo's could do the same thing. Nothing worse than buying an mmo and realizing you hate it 2 days later. The unlimited time frame for the trial helps people that aren't able to play everyday to have the ability to judge over a longer time period. 

    In all honesty though I don't see how it's possible after 6+ years running that there are still people out there that haven't at least tried the game.

    PS I love how quick the "haters" jump on any WoW post to give everyone their personal opinion on how it ruined the mmo industry. 

    EQ, DAOC, AO and whatever other games you think are better are still up and running... go play them if they're so great!


     

    Most MMO's now a days have a 14 day trial or something along those lines. If you cant make it to 20 in WOW in 14 days then I would say its best for the MMO community that you go back to single player games.

     

    IMO this is the exact same thing as a time trial except now they can advertise everywhere that they are going F2P (kinda). Its just a publicity stunt that will fail to any true MMO gamer, but will hit the hearts to 7 year olds with mom and dads who dont like them playing.

     

    Do you need to use a credit card to get the 14 day trial in wow? Im sure the F2P portion doesnt need one.

  • LidaneLidane Austin, TXPosts: 2,300Member

    Originally posted by Ceridith

    Looks like Blizzard is getting antsy about it's subscriber base starting to flop.

    Because a game bringing in over $150 million a month is in danger of going out of business.

  • OberholzerOberholzer Hasbrouck Heights, NJPosts: 498Member

    Originally posted by Bunkafish

     

    PS I love how quick the "haters" jump on any WoW post to give everyone their personal opinion on how it ruined the mmo industry. 

     

    People have to hate WoW, it's big and successful. I don't know if you are aware but WoW is responsible for ruining the MMO business, terrorism, lung cancer, Jar Jar Binks, and just about everything else awful in society......

  • parrotpholkparrotpholk Leland, NCPosts: 3,275Member

    This is only testing the waters to see how it takes off and if future f2p option is the way to go I would bet. 

  • PainlezzPainlezz Laguna Hills, CAPosts: 616Member Uncommon

    WoW has been around for what 6-8 years now?  Name another game that has held onto 10+ million players for longer than 6-8 years. 

    Please don't take this as a "fanboy" post and just as a "hey look at reality" post.

    Game is getting old, people are getting tired of it and moving on. 

    As for the trial - 20 levels is more than enough to decide if you like the gameplay or not.  You get a decent selection of skills, pretty sure you can even buy a mount by level 20 now.  You can likely run an instance (not sure if they limit that on trial). 

    If they don't already, they should allow you do to everything possible that requires level 20 or lower and only restrict what might allow exploiting and spam for gold farmers.  IE:

    Trial doesn't need global or trade chat to "try" the game

    Trial doens't need to carry around more than 10 gold at one time (or however much is required to buy mount).

    The only issue I see with allow trials into PvP, they might get a terrible impression of the game if they get rolled by some d-bag twink that someone with 10's of 1000's of gold has dumped endless resources into perfecting.

  • jeremyjodesjeremyjodes antioch, ORPosts: 679Member

    Why do these huge companys never get it? do they talk to psychics or something for buisness advice?.

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