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World of Warcraft: In-Game Shopping Arrives

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,632MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

World of Warcraft players wanting to buy the latest mount or pet for their collections (among other things), can now do so via an in-game store. Blizzard has laid out the details on the World of Warcraft blog.

You can now browse and purchase a bevy of mounts and pets* from directly within World of Warcraft through our newly added Shop interface. Just click the Shop icon on the menu bar once you’ve logged in to a character, and you’ll be able to pick out a new friend to add to your collection and start your adventures together right away. By combining the best of cutting-edge goblin and gnomish technology, we’ve also made it possible for you to receive your new pal right in your inventory (or via mail if your inventory is full).

Read more on the World of Warcraft site.

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  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXPosts: 3,332Member Uncommon
    Several pets and mounts are 50% off as well now :D
  • StizzledStizzled Springfield, MOPosts: 1,264Member Uncommon
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.


  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon
    I'd say if they get to less than a million subs maybe. But not any time soon.

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  • SephirosoSephiroso Marietta, GAPosts: 1,160Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    Regardless if it was in game or not they already had the Blizzard store where you could buy all this so...redundant post is redundant.

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  • SunwolfNCSunwolfNC Charlotte, NCPosts: 188Member Uncommon
    So... 90% of playerbase will end up stopping exploring content and working to get their mounts and pets I guess? Seems like blizzard is taking away any incentive to traverse content after quests are done.
  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    When they stop making money hand over fist from having millions of subscribers...

    You make me like charity

  • JeleenaJeleena Posts: 120Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SunwolfNC
    So... 90% of playerbase will end up stopping exploring content and working to get their mounts and pets I guess? Seems like blizzard is taking away any incentive to traverse content after quests are done.

    Why are you saying that? The pets and mounts ingame aren't available in the shop. And those in the shop have been available for ages, just not thru ingame means.

    Tbh the shop ones aren't very interesting to me, it's way more fun to earn one ingame.....

     

  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by SunwolfNC
    So... 90% of playerbase will end up stopping exploring content and working to get their mounts and pets I guess? Seems like blizzard is taking away any incentive to traverse content after quests are done.

    You're just now realizing this?  They pretty much painted themselves into that corner back when they introduced flying mounts.

    You make me like charity

  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Common

    *Wyvern and Gryphon plushies, Guardian Cubpet and Moonkin Hatchling pet are not available for purchase within the Blizzard Shop.

     

    Guardian Cubpet is the only pet I am aware of that can treated as cash to gold on the regular blizzstore

    it can be sold ingame on the AH

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/02/world-of-warcraft-guardian-cub-ready-to-take-a-bite-out-of-gold-farmers-available-now/

     

     

  • StizzledStizzled Springfield, MOPosts: 1,264Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sephiroso
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    Regardless if it was in game or not they already had the Blizzard store where you could buy all this so...redundant post is redundant.

    An item shop that can be accessed in-game is paramount to a successful freemium model. As you stated, they already have a perfectly working and successful shop available on their website, so why offer an in-game solution if they aren't at least considering switching payment models? That's all I'm wondering, no need to call my thoughts and opinions useless simply because you don't like them.


  • SephirosoSephiroso Marietta, GAPosts: 1,160Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    Originally posted by Sephiroso
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    Regardless if it was in game or not they already had the Blizzard store where you could buy all this so...redundant post is redundant.

    An item shop that can be accessed in-game is paramount to a successful freemium model. As you stated, they already have a perfectly working and successful shop available on their website, so why offer an in-game solution if they aren't at least considering switching payment models? That's all I'm wondering, no need to call my thoughts and opinions useless simply because you don't like them.

    I'd hardly claim that an item shop MUST be accessible in-game to be a successful freemium model.

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  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko RotterdamPosts: 3,845Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by asmkm22
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    When they stop making money hand over fist from having millions of subscribers...

    Absolutely, why on earth would they want to leave money on the table ?

  • XthosXthos Columbus, OHPosts: 2,628Member
    Originally posted by SpottyGekko
    Originally posted by asmkm22
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    When they stop making money hand over fist from having millions of subscribers...

    Absolutely, why on earth would they want to leave money on the table ?

     I think they would have to lose about 50% more, because you gotta take into account the Asian subs, and how they count towards their profit.  So probably if they get down to around 2.5-3 Million it may make sense for them, but same reason they haven't put out another big mmo to compete and take money from WoW

  • HorusraHorusra maryland, MDPosts: 2,583Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    Originally posted by Sephiroso
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    The foundation is there now. I wonder how long before they fully implement the freemium model.

    Regardless if it was in game or not they already had the Blizzard store where you could buy all this so...redundant post is redundant.

    An item shop that can be accessed in-game is paramount to a successful freemium model. As you stated, they already have a perfectly working and successful shop available on their website, so why offer an in-game solution if they aren't at least considering switching payment models? That's all I'm wondering, no need to call my thoughts and opinions useless simply because you don't like them.

    Well the Asian markets are getting XP potions and such in the store...so I guess they are doing it so that both systems are still the same just the available content in the store is different.  Makes it easier to maintain instead of an Asian UI and a Western UI.  The webstore was not that easy to navigate between the out of game stuff and ingame stuff.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,215Member Uncommon

    Cool. It's a good start. They should make it like Rift's store where you can buy stuff with multiple currencies and offer all sorts of stuff.

    I might drop $15 on a month to see how it's changed. I haven't played for a few years. I would be much more inclined to spend money if they dropped the sub like Rift.

  • SephirosoSephiroso Marietta, GAPosts: 1,160Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Torvaldr

    Cool. It's a good start. They should make it like Rift's store where you can buy stuff with multiple currencies and offer all sorts of stuff.

    I might drop $15 on a month to see how it's changed. I haven't played for a few years. I would be much more inclined to spend money if they dropped the sub like Rift.

    Personally I would wait until the new expansion drops before checking it out again. (That is if you didn't mind also buying the new expansion)

     

    They're adding alot of features that are steps in the right direction for this new expansion. Even going so far as making it so that flying will be unavailable in the expansion area for at least 2-3 months and not just a simple "get to max lvl and buy flying again".

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  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,279Member Uncommon
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.
  • Soki123Soki123 Kelowna, BCPosts: 1,481Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of there content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    Considering theres hundreads and hundreads more to get.

  • HorusraHorusra maryland, MDPosts: 2,583Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    2010 wants to know where you were when they started selling the first pet and mount?

  • StizzledStizzled Springfield, MOPosts: 1,264Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Horusra
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    2010 wants to know where you were when they started selling the first pet and mount?

    Hell, they've been doing it since 2006 with their TCG.


  • SephirosoSephiroso Marietta, GAPosts: 1,160Member Uncommon

    Why are people continuing saying stuff like "wow, there's no point to exploring to find pets and mounts anymore"

     

    They are still adding plenty of pets/mounts in game to find....you're acting like they are ONLY offering new pets/mounts in the store now. In fact the majority of pets/mounts are still found in the game. Whether it be from a new faction, or pvp season, or new dungeon/raid. Or hell even some new holiday pet they came out with.

     

    Seriously stop with the kneejerk comment "welp, there goes playing the game as an option for finding mounts/pets"

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  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by Horusra
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    2010 wants to know where you were when they started selling the first pet and mount?

    the first ones were "special edition" cosmetic mounts and pets. The first pet actually came in the CE. They're now moving to a full blown cosmetic cash shop in a sub game...and people will eat it up because the avg gamer wont do without to make a stand over something as trivial as a few dollars in entertainment.

    These things are only a big deal on forums.

  • HorusraHorusra maryland, MDPosts: 2,583Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    Originally posted by Horusra
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    2010 wants to know where you were when they started selling the first pet and mount?

    the first ones were "special edition" cosmetic mounts and pets. The first pet actually came in the CE. They're now moving to a full blown cosmetic cash shop in a sub game...and people will eat it up because the avg gamer wont do without to make a stand over something as trivial as a few dollars in entertainment.

    These things are only a big deal on forums.

    2010 was the celestial steed and the lich pet in the store.  The beginning of this shop.

  • ChrisboxChrisbox Monroe, NJPosts: 1,707Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Stizzled
    Originally posted by Horusra
    Originally posted by bcbully
    Wow they are selling what used to be a large part of their content an appeal for some.

    It felt good earning a mount or finding a pet. I don't think it will feel as good now.

    2010 wants to know where you were when they started selling the first pet and mount?

    Hell, they've been doing it since 2006 with their TCG.

    What still feels good is getting a mount or pet from a very extremely difficult boss. I can care less if someone spent real money on one.  

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  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,946Member Uncommon
    Since pets and mounts are not pay to win I wonder if the people complaining here actually know why they are complaining.

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