$25 Armored Bloodwing mount now available in WOW

New rideable flesh-eating bat available for purchase in Blizzard Entertainment's MMO game.

Gamers can fly the skies of Azeroth on an all-new mount, as Blizzard Entertainment has launched the Armored Bloodwing creature. It is available now for $25 in the Blizzard Store.

The Armored Bloodwing is described as a "monstrous" flesh-eating bat, "the perfect companion for trips that call for death and destruction."

Once purchased, the Armored Bloodwing will be available for all present and future characters players have tied to their Battle.net accounts.

The Armored Bloodwing joins a growing catalog of mounts and pets that Blizzard Entertainment has made available for a la carte purchase. It joins the Celestial Steed ($25), Winged Guardian ($25), Swift Windsteed ($25), and pets like the Pandaren Monk ($10), Soul of the Aspects ($10), and Cinder Kitten ($10).

World of Warcraft had 8.3 million subscribers at the end of March, down 1.3 million from three months prior. Its most recent expansion was Mists of Pandaria, which launched in September. No new expansions have been announced, though Activision Blizzard aims to release content more frequently to stem subscriber attrition.

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Talavaj
Talavaj

25$ single vanity item in a game with 15$ monthly subscription fee and 60$ price tag for every expansion.

And people criticize f2p business model microtransactions for often milking their customers, LoL.

Triton
Triton

Hey if you have the money and you love the game go for it. This is no crazier then still having to pay a charge per month to play. Just imagine how much folks have spent over the years playing a game.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

it should be more like $2.50 not $25 that is over half the price of the game...

Sardinar
Sardinar

WHY THE FUCK IS THIS AN ARTICLE?

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

It looks shit anyway. For $25 I would want it to shoot rockets outta its asshole, instead it just lets everyone else know your one of those retards that has to buy mount instead of achieve them... not that I play anymore or anything.

codeman101360
codeman101360

This is the state of the gaming industry. I hope you idiots who keep buying this crap are happy.

julzeverne
julzeverne

Aren't the only people still playing this game like 12 years old. Where the hell are they going to get $25?

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I played WoW until I got my first flying mount, that's when I realized flying mounts were the only thing I really liked about the game... 

JasPlun
JasPlun

If gamers are willing to pay $25 for a mount then why should Blizzard which is a business you know and is about making money. If nobody would pay the price these things would be way cheaper.I bet you if they charged $50 for it people would still buy it.Every time they release new mounts like this I see a ton of them in game so it is a smart business move imo.

BloodlustSweden
BloodlustSweden

Also (Though not directly related to this particular article) the whole "Pet"-thingie, isn't kinda like a rip-off of Pokémon and similar? Especially when Blizzard tried/tries to make it look like its something unique and new?


BloodlustSweden
BloodlustSweden

Anyone remember the ancient times when Microsoft was bashed for people having to pay to play online (XBox Live) in addition to buying the games?

Do people even question such things anymore?

Btw, i think so called "micro-transactions" should be illegal, but if its about paying 25$ (Which is obviously not a M-Trans.) for the right to loan/use (I mean, its not like you really own anything) a friggin' worthless(?) mount and you actually fall for it, it's your own effing fault...


Also, like other people have stated: Why does this have it's own fucking article? Do you get ad revenue from Blizzard or what?

dkdk999
dkdk999

I support more micro transactions in games, but $25 for that ? You must be smoking crack.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

I don't have a problem with this really, Blizz can sell mounts all they want, I don't give a shit. If people buy them, I question their judgement, but I have no problem with Blizzard offering them.

But does this really deserve it's own article? Come on.

adwerk
adwerk

Lol, cash shop in a p2p game. GG blizz

edinko
edinko

pure exploitation

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

What a mess the industry is in.

tionmedon
tionmedon

don`t play WOW and don`t care..........

noclue_27
noclue_27

You know what's great?


MMOs that aren't WoW.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Who says the US is a bad market for MMO? Look at this awesome purchasing power!

Releasing these extraordinarily expensive vanity items is very smart. If you can make them feel common enough, the $15 or so monthly subscription fee suddenly becomes that much more digestable. With F2P/microtransactions on the rise, sub fee is traditional MMORPG's sore thumb. What better way to capitalize on that AND use it to shore up support for subscription?

I feel that sub-based MMO + cash shop + who knows what else in the future is on its way to become the Aston Martin of gaming. The single game lifetime spending by a moderately dedicated player is nearly unthinkable by the average gamers not in the genre. I am really looking forward to where this road ends.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol poke fun at consoles all you want...but PC games still rip you off too.

digishah
digishah

Why does this "news" deserve an entire Gamespot article ???

oflow
oflow

half the people bitching here dont even play WoW, and even if you do you dont have to buy the mount. 

Kooken58
Kooken58

Game loses some 1.2 million players and they offer a mount people been begging to be put in game for years! But not as an achievement mount but as a 25 dollar one?!  Stupid...I could understand a mount being say, 5 dollars or so, but 25 dollars?! That is just greed. And players drill other companies for doing it, while praising blizzard? LOL

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

This is nothing compared to what players would spend for a +1/1000 boost to an achievement.

Lausanna
Lausanna

Idk why people get so worked up about this stuff. I don't like this particular mount but I bought one once that I thought suited my character. The price is a bit steep though. If it were, say, five bucks, I'd probably buy them all. But at $25, I really have to like it.

petez34
petez34

Bleeding players dry since 2004.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I like the cheap little video that accompanies it. It's cute. Also, WoW stopped being cool in 2008. Just saying.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

They have to pay the employees, you know?  Their subs just dropped by 1.3 million or w/e...

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

15$/ month + cash shop = epic 

ahahahahahahahahahah

Jjinne
Jjinne

I feel their prices are unrealistic, especially in this economy. Yes, we don't need to buy it, and I won't. However, we're all entitled to our opinions, and that's mine.


isv666
isv666

The mount looks pretty cool and if I had some extra cash laying around, I'd probably buy it.

Blizzard has been doing this for a long while now.  It's nothing new and nothing to really be outraged over.  Though I think it was a lot cooler when some of the pets they were selling, a portion of the money went to charities.

Veenox
Veenox

This is not news!! This is a damn publicity! What the hell GameSpot?

Martyr77
Martyr77

$25....for a bat....in a game.....*Shakes head

Paulf001
Paulf001

Screw WoW, glad I quit playing it.  Paying $25 for a mount instead of doing something in game for it in a pay to play game yeah they sure are greedy.

ozdarkhorse
ozdarkhorse

All I ever hear from gamers is a bunch of bitching and moaning these days over nothing. "OMG Im so pissed off about an optional $25 mount I'm never going to play this game again." STFU

sunio
sunio

still better than those horrible cash shop scams from those "free to play" games

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

well, at-least you're not forced to buy it, they made it for hipsters. 

dunkanlord
dunkanlord

how stupid need to be to buy thous mounts and omg 25$ for 1 shit? wow is blizzard is trying to squize eaven more from there fans

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

People would really buy this???

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

MMORPG at its finest. Gotta pay for them pretty dresses, too.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

It is still way better than pay-to-win items...

Seifer24
Seifer24

does this game still exists

vadagar1
vadagar1

how about u make diablo 3 more like diablo 2 and I will pay you 50 $ ??!!!!

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

i bought this, now i only need to buy wow.