Blizzard exploring micro-transactions for World of Warcraft

The World of Warcraft developer is exploring in-game purchases for unspecified regions; Enduring Elixir of Wisdom adds 100 percent experience gain increase.

Blizzard has confirmed that it is actively exploring in-game micro-transactions for its popular MMO, World of Warcraft.

The news comes after players discovered the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom on the game’s Public Test Realm (PTR). The item, which has not been added to live servers, grants players a 100 percent increase to all experience earned when killing monsters and completing quests.

A post on the game’s forums by Blizzard community manager Zarhym said the item is part of a larger experiment related to giving players in certain, unspecified regions the opportunity to purchase digital goods from within the game world.

“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.”

The company has previously made available a mixture of items through its Blizzard Store, including pets, mounts and an in-game Cinder Kitten, which saw all proceeds donated to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

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Knetog
Knetog

People get on their high horse so quickly. Who said it was going to be p2w? Yes pay to win is retarded, point is all they have shown so far is a 100% increased xp bonus and honestly if the game goes f2p and have 100% bonus potion, of course ill spend some money whenever an expansion comes out and I have to level... but that won't make me any better than anyone being first lvl 95 or what ever the limit will be. I highly doubt blizzard will have weapon/armor bought for money, but I rather see weapon/armor skin.

sOhChAi
sOhChAi

First is f2p and now p2w. They may be starting with +100% xp potions, soon there will be legendaries for rent to "ease" your progress in raids. Everything has a beginning has a end, I see the end coming, I see the darkness spreading.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Limited edition exploding kitten-gun: $25.

snova9308
snova9308

a company becomes successful with some good games > gains popularity >  head grows in size > becomes a new evil company

typical.

InkOnTube
InkOnTube

I smell f2p. Most probably they need to experiment with it and find what would work yet not to make same mistake as countless others with f2p (most of them slip into p2w while others are too meh to spend anything in microtransactions).

Still, f2p works best for the MOBA games yet many MMO RPGs claim they got increased income once they switched to f2p. I don't mind f2p if the game is made good and microtransactions don't offer OP items. NWO has really nice f2p set yet game itself is not long enough and doesn't suck you in for too long.

fredwv
fredwv

played from launch to Cataclysm.  Got bored as hell and started botting.  Got banned. Even if I hadn't, I'd no longer be playing.  Game sorta died along with Arthas.

Jjinne
Jjinne

Next step....f2p! So you can REALLY crap all over the people who shelled out all the cash lining your pockets.... not that you haven't done so in fine form since you became blizzardvision, and with your latest joke of an expansion. 

drokmore
drokmore

What's the point of gaming if you buy your way through. There's a monthly few so you don't have to do this.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Really tired of games doing this crap. People pay a monthly fee, that's QUITE enough. This stuff is KILLING SWTOR. Instead of creating great new content, all Bioware wants to do is add to the Cartel.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

I never did like the whole pay-to-win situation, it just feels so cheap and unsportsmanlike. 

Now imagine they start making pay-to-win board games. "Pay $5 now and allow your pawn to move in all directions on the chess board! Pay $10 and it can jump over other pieces!"

*Facepalm*

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

Blizzard has become just as ugly as EA or Activision. They are releasing horrible games backed up by horrible decisions. Diablo 3, Mists of Pandaria. Who are they fooling?

Whats the point of microtransactions? Haven't we paid for the crappy game already? And even the microtransactions are abusive, +100% XP. Why wouldnt people buy it? Noone likes to grind over and over again. It should be a free addition or loot.

Dannerfjord
Dannerfjord

Let it happen... Would be fun to see what Blizz comes up with... And then, how fast you'd be able to lvl... :)

offspring94
offspring94

lol @ the depression video.  Just thinking about being a WoW player makes me depressed.

Jamoid
Jamoid

Anyone who thinks you "win" at WoW by gaining more XP really doesn't have a clue. You win by being in a top competitive raiding guild or arena team. How fast you gain XP has basically no bearing on that.

The only time I'd see XP boosters as being unfair is on new servers or at the start of an expansion when server firsts are still up for grabs, but I'm almost certain they won't be available during those times. 

Lausanna
Lausanna

I don't see what the big deal is about buying XP boosters. These things are already available in game and do not require all that much work to obtain. Calling this pay to win is a little extreme. 

An XP boost benefits brand new players who don't have a server full of characters supplying their alts with heirlooms and guild perks (or established players wanting to start up on a new server). A new player is already at such a disadvantage this hardly unbalances the game.

Besides no one's forcing you to buy anything...relax people.

megakick
megakick

Pay 2 Win? End of WoW is soon. Blizzard is getting as much money as they can before the servers shutdown.

Ruen
Ruen

In before the sh*t-storm.

Too late.


Nzilla
Nzilla

Noooooooooooo...

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

A subscription game with a cash shop...ROFL

Wow is sucessful because it has fans dumber than iPhone buyers. 

Godlikan
Godlikan

Pay to be better... was only a matter of time before they get to it... Now you will have  cash to wipe your backsides with and ruin you best game all the way. I remember a day when I first time saw vanilla WoW... they done many things since that day to destroy my fond memories. And ffs you that are still sane stop playing and empty their pockets, maybe then they will come to their senses. Power to gamers!

Godendag
Godendag

Please don't make it free to play.....

cornbredx
cornbredx

Hmm... subscriptions may be lower than we think if they are actively trying to find more ways to entice more money out of people.

I am speculating of course. Why else would the biggest MMO need more things to pay for to make money off of?

Crabjock
Crabjock

Imagine you're playing a game of Trivial Pursuit with friends. It starts off equally challenging for all players, and winning relies completely on the player's knowledge. Now, imagine that for every dollar you have in your pocket, you are granted the answer to a question. The game is no longer about skill, but about how much money you have. 


Micro-transactions ruin the competitiveness of games. It starts out with "harmless" cosmetics, and ends up giving an edge to those with money to burn. Fairness is what makes a game a game. There are many other ways to improve the quality of a game besides using micro-transactions. It's just an excuse to squeeze even more money out of consumers.


Anyway, I don't play WoW, so I really don't care on a personal level. But for those who do play, if you don't care that you put real time and effort into beefing up your character, just to see someone else pay their way up, then I guess this method was inevitable.

Haeravon
Haeravon

Crap, why even play the game? Just start selling leaderboard ranks and ending videos, already.

samdam3
samdam3

I'm assuming they are doing this to gradually turn it more F2P...


Yep, here comes the death of World of Warcraft...




Jjinne
Jjinne

@DarthLod I agree, I was pretty angry when I saw how they kind of slapped the faces of everyone who shelled out the 50+ dollars plus monthly fees when they went f2p. Then limit things you get even if you do go the sub route, forcing me to spend even more money on a game I bought in the beginning that they now give out for free. 

KingMaple
KingMaple

@SipahSalar Activision and Blizzard merged a few years back. So it's really no surprise.

eaterofsouls2
eaterofsouls2

@offspring94 So me and my guild should feel depressed that we're enjoying this game?  What the fuck is wrong with you?

abbasreza
abbasreza

@Jamoid I played WoW for a year and enjoyed it, just not willing to put in the time and effort into it to get into raiding though.

3Z3K13L08
3Z3K13L08

@Jamoid ^ This.


You only "make it" in WoW when you get into a top guild on your server and start making a name for yourself. There is SO much stuff to collect and do in WoW, after year of playing I'm not even close to "doing it all". Heroic 25m raiding in my factions top guild sure was an experience I've never had from any other game. People give up on WoW WAY too fast. 

bj91x
bj91x

It's this kind of ignorance that has me concerned. Back then, Blizzard created rested XP and heirlooms to help with faster leveling. Now Blizzard wants to test real life money for these perks and some people have no idea that supporting this kind of model will create even more micro-transactions. Before you know it, companies will charge you real life money to unlock leveling zones, unlock max level, unlock skills, unlock gears, unlock dungeons, etc. Some companies are already testing this and ignorant gamers don't have the foresight to stop this before it gets out of hand.

Gargus
Gargus

@Blue-Sky 

Only thing dumber are people like you don't read an entire article before they respond. You just saw the headline, jumped in and made a snarky response before you knew what you were saying.

RockToTheLed
RockToTheLed

@Godlikan This isn't even close to a "pay to win" business model. All that was stated is the item gives you increased xp gain. After leveling countless heroes, something like this isn't a bad idea for veteran players.

Though I do agree that other additions to the game over the past few years have really hurt WoW. I love my end game and pvp, but the whole leveling process feels so sloppy and rushed now. 

NzallRawl
NzallRawl

@Crabjock Microtransactions like this are actually pretty common in MMOs. and with this, I mean "EXP boosts". GW2 has them, SWTOR has them, Rift has them. other games have them as well. It's pretty common in such games, because they allow players who already have some characters to speed up the most boring part of the game, or newer players to catch up with their friends faster. because that's what this item is. it just increases the EXP you get. That's not at all like  granting answers to TP questions. You can't even compare TP to WoW. it does not grant anyone any advantage in competitive PvP or in PvE. You don't kill an enemy faster because you get double EXP.

A correct boardgame analogy would be someone buying an automatic figure mover for monopoly, which moves the figures to the right spot in half the time a human can do it. it does not grant any additional benefit to the player, just that he doesn't need to keep manually moving his figures around.

rice2555
rice2555

@samdam3 Where have you been for the last 10 years? WoW was the first really successful MMO and became the running business model for years. However, the industry has moved on. Developers have found that the F2P model is more profitable and easier to maintain, making WoW one of the last MMO's to stick to the old ways. If they don't catch the train, it will truely be dead. This is the only way to keep the game running at all.

arod628
arod628

@3Z3K13L08 @Jamoid It is not that people give up on WOW is it that WOW has changed for the worse not better.  That is why people leave.  Example with MoP it was a daily GRIND to do dailies.  Yes this is how MMOs work but these are different times and people are tried of grinding. They already grinded enough leveling up all the way to 90. 

i admit RAIDING in WOW is one of the best things you can do in the game. BUT there is just so much you can do over and over until people get tried of it.  You also have to admit the reusing of boss and weapon skins OVER AND OVER.  

Crabjock
Crabjock

@NzallRawl@CrabjockThe TP analogy was about micro-transaction in a broad sense. It wasn't actually about this situation, but more about pay to win in general.

But like I said, I don't play WoW, so I don't know exactly how it works. Having said that though, I still would consider it cheap. To be working hard to level up, just to get your ass kicked by someone who paid to get stronger quicker than you. But by the way you talk, I can see the advantages in doing it, but only if you have been playing for a while and already have a build in high levels. Not for someone who just started playing, and paid to get equally as strong as veterans in a quicker time.

 Can you just go up to anyone in PvP and fight them? Or do you have to be around the same levels? If it's the latter, I would see your point.


samdam3
samdam3

@rice2555 @samdam3 I personally can't name one MMORPG with the free to play model that has the quality AND popularity of WoW


Guild Wars 2 does it right, buy the game and that's it... The only microtransactions are cosmetic and xp boosts... Nothing there is pay to win.


I think more games should follow Guild Wars 2.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Crabjock @NzallRawl the PVP depends on th type of server on a PVE server you cant attack anyone outside of the proper pvp zones while a pvp server if you can see them you can attack them

but as a whole levelling faster isn't that big of a deal youll normally only encounter people around the same level as you in certain zones due to the level of the quests and creatures ofc you do get arse hat max level characters who like to attack low level towns but that's not really the same thing

JIMDOG4442002
JIMDOG4442002

@Xenro4 @samdam3 @rice2555  I like how  in GW2 it gives you the option of buying in game items with in game money,gives you more of a sense of freedom when playing games like that.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@samdam3 @rice2555 I think that's what is going happen to WoW. (Buy the game + however many expansions there are and no monthly fees, with microtrans for non-pay-to-win stuff), or I should say it better happen to WoW, because Guild Wars 2 has way more bang for your buck, and WoW will sink if it doesn't do something soon.