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World of Warcraft: Microtransactions?

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Blizzard has responded to patch testers' reports that a "100% XP buff" would be available from the "Game Store". The post indicates that Blizzard is considering a microtransaction store but that no firm decision has been made.

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.

Source: IGN, image source WoWHead.com

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  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAMember Posts: 1,746 Uncommon

     

    The speculation thus far is that players think (or hope) that this only applies to Chinese servers. Though even if that's true it could also be to test how well their systems handle an in game store for a potential F2P conversion.  This will likely occur within the next seven years or three expansions to revitalize interest in what may then be considered a "classic".

     
  • NitthNitth AustraliaMember Posts: 3,903 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk
      The speculation thus far is that players think (or hope) that this only applies to Chinese servers. Though even if that's true it could also be to test how well their systems handle an in game store for a potential F2P conversion.  This will likely occur within the next seven years or three expansions to revitalize interest in what may then be considered a "classic".  

    I would say they are just trying to double dip?

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  • wesjrwesjr Gilbert, AZMember Posts: 407 Uncommon
    Maybe it is intended to fill void of no hierlooms for 85-90.
  • djazzydjazzy louisville, COMember Posts: 3,578
    why is there a question mark, they already have microtransactions
  • wesjrwesjr Gilbert, AZMember Posts: 407 Uncommon
    Originally posted by djazzy
    why is there a question mark, they already have microtransactions

    I think people forget about mounts/pets/services.

  • HomituHomitu Hometown, HIMember Posts: 2,030 Uncommon
    Maybe if they had a -50% exp buff, I'd consider buying it.  
  • RazeeksterRazeekster GlobMember Posts: 2,554 Uncommon
    Because it's super hard to level in WoW lol

    Smile

  • expressoexpresso meMember Posts: 2,218 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Homitu
    Maybe if they had a -50% exp buff, I'd consider buying it.  

    You could always just turn off XP for a bit.

    For me it looks like they might just be gearing up, testing the water so to speak on a future (not this year) switch to F2P, as long as it stays to EXP potions I see no problem, we've had the refer a friend system in the game for ages which is like super potion.

  • RoguewizRoguewiz The Lone Star StateMember Posts: 631 Uncommon

    I don't mind if Blizz does cosmetic based transactions or temporary stat and xp buffs like this.  It makes sense.

    I draw the line at Gear and other character adjustments that are permanent.

     

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  • CoolitCoolit Member Posts: 492 Uncommon

    In the current MMO environment its pretty inevitable bliz would test something like this sooner or later. The fact it's just one item suggests they are testing the water to see what the reaction is before adding more and I think it's pretty naive if people think they will stop at just a few items. A sub + pet/mount micro transactions is stretching things but a full blown in game cash shop + sub would take it to a whole new level.

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLMember Posts: 915
    Uh oh! Don't do it!

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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid GinnungagapMember Posts: 8,051 Rare
    Originally posted by Roguewiz
    I don't mind if Blizz does cosmetic based transactions or temporary stat and xp buffs like this.  It makes sense. I draw the line at Gear and other character adjustments that are permanent.  

    that works for f2p. Subscribtion games should give everything to their paying customers for in game gold. Thats why i dont waste my money on their additional "services". They want to have a full microtrans store? remove the sub then. No? im ok with that, stop the microtrans crap. Its a paid game.

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  • SwaneaSwanea Vegas, NVMember Posts: 2,366 Uncommon
    I'm just surprised it took them this long to expand their MT store.
  • SinakuSinaku Austin, TXMember Posts: 499 Uncommon
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    Originally posted by Roguewiz
    I don't mind if Blizz does cosmetic based transactions or temporary stat and xp buffs like this.  It makes sense. I draw the line at Gear and other character adjustments that are permanent.  

    that works for f2p. Subscribtion games should give everything to their paying customers for in game gold. Thats why i dont waste my money on their additional "services". They want to have a full microtrans store? remove the sub then. No? im ok with that, stop the microtrans crap. Its a paid game.

    Finally someone gets it. It is NOT OK to have microtransactions in a P2P game. I don't really care if they go F2P and have exp bonus or whatever but it was already a slap in the face to charge for pets/mounts. I understand charging for race/sex/world change because you made a choice in the past to determine those, you didn't make a choice a year ago to start paying $15 a month and then have a vendor who you can't buy anything from unless you pay real money.

  • wesjrwesjr Gilbert, AZMember Posts: 407 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sinaku
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    Originally posted by Roguewiz
    I don't mind if Blizz does cosmetic based transactions or temporary stat and xp buffs like this.  It makes sense. I draw the line at Gear and other character adjustments that are permanent.  

    that works for f2p. Subscribtion games should give everything to their paying customers for in game gold. Thats why i dont waste my money on their additional "services". They want to have a full microtrans store? remove the sub then. No? im ok with that, stop the microtrans crap. Its a paid game.

    Finally someone gets it. It is NOT OK to have microtransactions in a P2P game. I don't really care if they go F2P and have exp bonus or whatever but it was already a slap in the face to charge for pets/mounts. I understand charging for race/sex/world change because you made a choice in the past to determine those, you didn't make a choice a year ago to start paying $15 a month and then have a vendor who you can't buy anything from unless you pay real money.

    WHY is it not ok?

     

    You pay x amount a month for cable but if I want something extra, you pay extra why are games any different?

     

    IE: if I want an on demand show, I pay, want HBO? I pay etc...

     

    Same could be said with a lot of subscriptions, phones, xbox.

  • bbbb42bbbb42 none, FLMember Posts: 297 Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk
      The speculation thus far is that players think (or hope) that this only applies to Chinese servers. Though even if that's true it could also be to test how well their systems handle an in game store for a potential F2P conversion.  This will likely occur within the next seven years or three expansions to revitalize interest in what may then be considered a "classic".  

    you are 1005% wrong, wow will not be going f2p they are simply trying to add a cash shop to milk players .

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  • bbbb42bbbb42 none, FLMember Posts: 297 Uncommon
    Originally posted by wesjr
    Originally posted by Sinaku
    Originally posted by rojo6934
    Originally posted by Roguewiz
    I don't mind if Blizz does cosmetic based transactions or temporary stat and xp buffs like this.  It makes sense. I draw the line at Gear and other character adjustments that are permanent.  

    that works for f2p. Subscribtion games should give everything to their paying customers for in game gold. Thats why i dont waste my money on their additional "services". They want to have a full microtrans store? remove the sub then. No? im ok with that, stop the microtrans crap. Its a paid game.

    Finally someone gets it. It is NOT OK to have microtransactions in a P2P game. I don't really care if they go F2P and have exp bonus or whatever but it was already a slap in the face to charge for pets/mounts. I understand charging for race/sex/world change because you made a choice in the past to determine those, you didn't make a choice a year ago to start paying $15 a month and then have a vendor who you can't buy anything from unless you pay real money.

    WHY is it not ok?

     

    You pay x amount a month for cable but if I want something extra, you pay extra why are games any different?

     

    IE: if I want an on demand show, I pay, want HBO? I pay etc...

     

    Same could be said with a lot of subscriptions, phones, xbox.

     

    gonna wait to see if you notice the failure in your argument

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  • ThupliThupli Member Posts: 843 Uncommon
    Just want to throw this out there, but if Blizzard wants some of the old-school crowd to come back, they should support some Vanilla, TBC, and Wrath servers.  They'd definately get some good influx, imo.
  • MondoA2JMondoA2J Henderson, NVMember Posts: 258

    Blizzard introduces....World of Warcraft 2: The Search for your money.

    Not surprised.

    MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!

  • jesteralwaysjesteralways BangladeshMember Posts: 2,560 Rare
    greedy bastards!!! i won't play anymore if they add cash shop. 

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  • velmaxvelmax palm bay, FLMember Posts: 214 Uncommon
    Originally posted by jesteralways
    greedy bastards!!! i won't play anymore if they add cash shop. 

    Y r u still playing anyways?

  • BurninatorXBurninatorX rancho cordova, CAMember Posts: 25
    Originally posted by Nitth
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk
      The speculation thus far is that players think (or hope) that this only applies to Chinese servers. Though even if that's true it could also be to test how well their systems handle an in game store for a potential F2P conversion.  This will likely occur within the next seven years or three expansions to revitalize interest in what may then be considered a "classic".  

    I would say they are just trying to double dip?

    Only "trying to"? They already have full price game/expansions + full price subscription + cash only mounts/pets/services

  • Four0SixFour0Six Missoula, MTMember Posts: 1,170 Uncommon

    So today I was watching the business news, and they were talking about flying these days and how the airlines were constantly adding new fees, and taking away what were inclusions in ticket pricing in the past.

    I was struck at how much it sounded just like F2P games with cash shops.

    You see, it started with the cut rate carriers, the ones that have flights from hubs, to destination places like LA, NY city, Miami, Vegas, you know the places. What they stated doing was charging 100-200 bucks for flights. Sweet deal everyone says. Until they find out, no free soda, $25 to check a bag, $50 to pre screen through security, $4 for a blanket. Well the thing is these cut rate carriers started making lots of cash. Now there are fees for everything. In fact just today I heard Spirit Airlines will be charging for the overhead compartment, you still get under your seat, but any more you pay for.

    Now sure I can fly to Vegas for under 200 bucks and have cash to gamble, but I get no ice for my headache let alone asprin on the return flight, or I have to fork over some MORE cash. "Convenience" they say, that is all it is, "Consumers didn't want to pay for an all inclusive flight, so we allow them to pay for the services they want or need.".

    Sound familiar? It should. Just take out plane ride, and replace it with play a game. Take out charging for space, drinks, blankets, speedy check-in, and toss in bag space, mounts, skins, xp gain potions, yadda, yadda.

    Why does this matter?

    SImple. It isn't just the small cut rate carriers charging fees for every little thing and claiming it is great value now. It includes big legacy carriers, Delta, American, and United. Why are they doing it? Because they are making more money doing it. Same as EA, NC Soft, and all the rest of the publishers are making more money the same model.

    Realize this model is here to stay. In MMOs, and the entire rest of you consuming life.

    Just like the big carriers are taking on the fees, WoW I suspect will soon take on a broader cash shop, and possibly transition to F2P.

     

  • NitthNitth AustraliaMember Posts: 3,903 Uncommon
    Originally posted by BurninatorX
    Originally posted by Nitth
    Originally posted by Yaevindusk
      The speculation thus far is that players think (or hope) that this only applies to Chinese servers. Though even if that's true it could also be to test how well their systems handle an in game store for a potential F2P conversion.  This will likely occur within the next seven years or three expansions to revitalize interest in what may then be considered a "classic".  

    I would say they are just trying to double dip?

    Only "trying to"? They already have full price game/expansions + full price subscription + cash only mounts/pets/services

    But they have not tried to sell actual useful items. Consumable items unlike pets which are persistent.

     

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  • HrothaHrotha -Member Posts: 821
    You mean rather Macrotransactions.
     
    Micro-Transactions and Blizzard in the same sentence is a paradox.

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