How much would you pay for a standalone level 90 World of Warcraft character?

Blizzard wants to know…

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The upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft will include one free character upgrade to the current level cap of 90, but how much would you pay for another?

Blizzard asked that very question to past and current subscribers of the industry leading MMO as part of a survey obtained by Polygon this week. The feature would conceivably be attractive for a time-restricted player, as it would allow you to jump back in an experience new content without spending the time to level your character.

Importantly, the fact that Blizzard has referenced such a feature for World of Warcraft in this survey does not mean the option will certainly come to fruition. But if it does, it will be the latest way in which Blizzard offers additional micropayments on top of the game's $15/month subscription fee.

Blizzard also sells in-game pets, mounts, and helms, as well as various game services like name changes and character appearance alterations for fees ranging from $5-$30.

The World of Warcraft survey also asks fans about a new form of the game's annual pass program, as well as how likely they are to purchase the Warlords of Draenor expansion at several price points. These include $39 or $49 for the expansion with a level 90 upgrade or $39 for the expansion and no level upgrade.

Blizzard announced Warlords of Draenor during BlizzCon in November. The expansion adds seven new zones, raises the level cap to 100, and will eventually introduce new animations for all eight of the original races, as well as the Draenei and Blood Elves.

World of Warcraft currently has 7.6 million subscribers, more than 9 years after the game's original release in November 2004.

Discussion

626 comments
Prince10110
Prince10110

lol more like how much have subscribers already paid since 2004 (including expansions of course)

Shane Rogers
Shane Rogers

pay me minimum wage to level a toon and I'm sold.

Vivek Sharma
Vivek Sharma

like this if you have absolutely no clue what they just said

Nick Nitrogen
Nick Nitrogen

Got the 3 month free trial with the software...never renewed it once it expired. Every time I jumped in to play, there would be tons of people doing pelvic gyrations around a fountain and Michael Jackson moon walking while texting each other about this and that. If I ventured into the wild, there would be boring encounters with poorly animated creatures and environments. Some like it, some don't. Not for me that is for sure.

Don Drexler
Don Drexler

A WoW Standalone? What exactly would that mean for players like me who played the game for years and then just up and quit because of the price and the crappy social interaction.

Illya Itunin
Illya Itunin

soon from blizzard we will pay you to play our outdated clone

harassinator
harassinator

Gamespot.  Do you even proof read your work?  I found an error in the very first paragraph.  I expect more from a leading news site.  Maybe you should stop hiring transsexuals and hipsters and get some real talent in there.

Kevin Speir
Kevin Speir

I used to play and enjoyed it. Just can't afford the monthly fees. Therefore I'll pay zero. notta. ziltch.

Adam Fitzgerald
Adam Fitzgerald

Give me $2k per week for 3 months and I'll take your stupid video game character all over the map.

xonar2k3
xonar2k3

With every expansion the xp gain is increased on the previous x-pacs. You'll be leveling fast as hell on Azeroth, fast on Outland, decently on Northrend and Cata until Mists, even without heirlooms.

I suspect with Warlords, things will follow trend and go even quicker for the previous x-pacs.


I always enjoy the leveling experience in a new x-pac. Not reading every questline or doing ALL there is to do until levelcap, but still. Skipping it all? Hell no. After I level'd my two mains, the free level boost for one of my alts is more than sufficient.

My other alts, if I level them to 90 at all, will be at my own pace.


Mauro Tamm
Mauro Tamm

as if 90 is worth anything without any valuable gear. Level alone doesn't cost much, regardless of the game.

Dennis Gunawan
Dennis Gunawan

$0 anyone who pays real money for an MMOG character is an idiot

fursecu
fursecu

i really want to meet the person that pays for this....................so i could punch him in the throat

Teepu Khan
Teepu Khan

Nothing. I'd rather just play the game normally.

Jev Renton
Jev Renton

I would pay nothing nor do I wish to play WoW anymore.

Jeff Snyder
Jeff Snyder

I haven't either but I've seen the trash that have played it.

Primedio Javier
Primedio Javier

I heard that wow is 100000x times easier now to get maxed

El Kamilo
El Kamilo

0 bucks... max lvl is boring. It's world of waitcraft now, or better yet, just waitcraft cuz the world part is being taken out to make room for more ques.

Kevin Andrews
Kevin Andrews

About 3 Burj Khalifas worth of fireworks. Okay, not really.

Thomas Kempton
Thomas Kempton

Levelling up your character and exploring Azeroth yourself is the best part of WoW, I wouldn't even consider buying a character.

Curtis Corse
Curtis Corse

I'd have to be paid to take it. Never been interested in WoW and I think people spend way too much of their lives in-game. To each their own though.

Charles Mullen
Charles Mullen

The most? $1.25 I would prefer to do, is get to lvl 90 myself... Priceless

Bjarke Nielsen
Bjarke Nielsen

Paid services is the worst thing, that has happened to gaming in my honest opinion. I'd rather pay more for the game to start with… Maybe am old. But it fells like greed to me !

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Del, the rest of us have jobs, or at least other things to do.

Aliff Alfiry
Aliff Alfiry

I don't get why you must say the game is trash. Just because you don't like it, and others like it, doesn't give you a slightest right to say it's trash. What you say is just your opinion, and it can be easily invalidated, especially by a person like you. And no, I don't play WoW and didn't even try the trial

Mike Shipley
Mike Shipley

I spent 5 years in WoW...unfortunately, and it's no offense to Blizz...they couldn't pay me to return.

Jarrod Buckard
Jarrod Buckard

Yeah id never buy a max lvl. You don't learn how to play it properly. Besides. I've already got multiple 90s and I quit because wow feels like a facebook game now. Its way too easy, just need to put time into it

Del Scoville
Del Scoville

only endgame that really required a rep grind was Molten Core, and only back in the day when the bosses were locked. Not anymore. The Heroics in BC were easy rep grinds.