Soon you can pay to boost your World of Warcraft character to 90

But Blizzard isn't saying yet how much it will cost.

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World of Warcraft players interested in boosting their character to level 90 without going through the actual process of leveling will soon have that option, Blizzard has announced. The developer said on the World of Warcraft blog that in the near future, the developer will begin testing a feature that allows players the option to purchase an automatic character upgrade to level 90.

The confirmation comes after a leaked survey from Blizzard asked fans how much they would pay for such an option. It remains unclear how much Blizzard will charge for the direct upgrade, but the functionality will launch "soon" in the game's public test realm (PTR).

Blizzard also has announced that, in an effort to get everyone "straight to the action," as soon as you pre-purchase upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor, you'll immediately be able to auto-level one of your characters to 90. Previously, this boost wasn't going to be unlocked until the expansion was actually released. Pre-sales will start sometime soon, Blizzard said.

"That's a little different from the plan we laid out at BlizzCon, but based on the feedback, it's obvious that many of you would like the chance to get acquainted with a new class before heading into the expansion," Blizzard said. "This will also give more players the opportunity to experience the current end-game content and the events leading up to Garrosh's exodus to Draenor. Maybe you'll get your Legendary cloak from Wrathion and level 90--100 Heirloom weapon in the process."

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. You can opt-in to a closed beta for Warlords of Draenor today through your Battle.net account.

World of Warcraft currently has 7.6 million subscribers and marks its tenth anniversary this year.

Discussion

366 comments
Jason Fermont
Jason Fermont

i have all game from world of warcraft so cool

saraqt
saraqt

I like the idea but then again I don't. 


They should have made it where you must have a level 90 in order to boost a character to 90! Kind of like how with a death knight ..you have to have a level 55 on your account to make one! 


I kind of like it because of those not playing WoW atm but will start it up again when the xpac hits and can go straight into the new content! ^.^ 


SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

it's like ever since playable pandas they've competed within the company to see if they get me to never come back

Anthony Derome
Anthony Derome

While i see both sides of this argument, but paying to be level 90 sounds like removing the fun out of the gmae

frylock1987
frylock1987

Blizzard has done this before once for almost 6 months to a year. They let players do this via Rez Scroll or Inviting a player back and them buying more time.


Goes to show that the people on here bitching haven't played WoW since after BC or WoTLK. I stopped after Cata, but every once in a while I'll see what they have to offer.

Long story short. There are already great amounts of high level noobies running around. Nothing to see here in this article people, move along.

orbit991
orbit991

All I know is that it needs tor cost less then a Chinese leveling service.

Cameron Fidler
Cameron Fidler

dont you noobs know wow has killed itself? they are just trying to ring out a few more dollars from the rag.. play diablo 3. its more fun + no subscription fee.

Daian
Daian

Milk it, MILK IT DRY!

Derek Garrison
Derek Garrison

If you can't beat the Chinese levelers for money, join them.

Dale Runkle
Dale Runkle

Blizzard is really good at squeezing blood from that WoW stone.

ToadstoolPeach
ToadstoolPeach

So much for Blizzard wanting players to experience content.  Now you can just bypass all the content to get to 90.  I dread to think what random battlegrounds, LFR and flex groups will look like when this goes live.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Because leveling is just something you endure to get to the post-leveling stuff. Why wade through the mud for hundreds of hours, when you can just fly right over it for a certain amount of money. Pay a fee to play the game, then play another fee to not have to play the game = win-win for Blizzard.

Christopher Harkreader
Christopher Harkreader

Well they have it a p2p along with an in game store maybe Blizzard isn't getting enough money so hey why not have you to pay to reach lvl 90.

kutulu1
kutulu1

you can also pay to get laid once in a while...lol

cirugo
cirugo

ugh.  horrible idea.  there needs to some sort of way to tag these people so they can be kicked from groups and raids.  yes, I fully understand that people think it's to benefit those that do actually know what they're doing and just don't want to go through the grind of levelling up another character but, unfortunately, it will be an option for the idiots that don't have a clue what they're doing as well.

Jay Bugden-Kelley
Jay Bugden-Kelley

This article is so miss leading, title says you can pay to get your toon to 90, true but it ONE toon, when you buy Warlords, not as many as your willing to pay for, this is no big deal with a game as old as this most dont want to do the content again.

vadagar1
vadagar1

once upon a time ... there was a company that made good games


its name was blizzard 


but its only a legend.....

chrisbingle
chrisbingle

The people scoffing don't really understand this at all. This service is not intended for new players but for current players who'd like to play a different class but don't feel like going through the tedium of levelling one for the 6th time. Plain and simple. It is not a sign of the death of WoW, and it is certainly not "paying to win". Being maximum level doesn't really put you ahead of anybody in any significant or unfair way. Levelling is like 1% of this game. Like it or not, WoW is and always has been about endgame content. 

So if you get so bent out of shape over this, the game is clearly not for you. Nor are you really entitled to such a harsh opinion about it. 

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

cool i will go back now, try out some classes I've always wanted. Get the whole roster and experience the game from different points of view. Good move on their behalf. Hope it helps recapture lost fan-base.

Sean DeMarco
Sean DeMarco

Dumbed down ... So you and how many others cleared everything in WOW without nerfs on the hardest difficulties?

Sean DeMarco
Sean DeMarco

You and other people using the term leveling says everything that is wrong with the player base. Gosh forbid you partake in meaningful quests with some difficulty in the open world before you get to dungeon running and raiding. Hopefully another game coming out in the future will build a community that is totally different than the WOW community and will not release dungeon and raid content so quickly.

Sean DeMarco
Sean DeMarco

Does that give me any hope that questing will be better in the next expansion? Does it give me hope that they will want players playing in the open world they make vs just dungeon and raid running? Very disappointed to see this. They are just catering to the idiots that obviously still just want to rush through the game.

Jeremy Hunter
Jeremy Hunter

I know two people who met because of WoW, and they have a daughter together. This seems like an unedifying stereotype.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

At least 2 yars ago I decided to delete my entire blizzard account. When I decided to return to play wow I felt discouraged from the 1-90 rush, but now if it doesn't cost an eye, I think I'm going to boost my warlock to lvl 90.

Troy Skillman
Troy Skillman

Well the death of WOW is coming this will eventually kill this game Blizzard are morons!

Thor Christensen
Thor Christensen

I don't know how long you've played WoW, but if you can complain about how long it takes to level a character now, I reckon you didn't start in TBC or Vanilla. Back then, especially in vanilla, it took the better part of a month to level a character without boosting. You can do it in a week now.

Thor Christensen
Thor Christensen

Sajeed. There was a time when WoW was actually challenging, believe it or not. There you'd learn everything about your class, about your specs and about your playstyle as you leveled up. I know that it doesn't matter much now, because the game is so goddamn easy, but still.. That's how it used to be.

Mauro Tamm
Mauro Tamm

this isn't a mmorpg anymore... one of the main points of rpg is progressing and leveling up. Just remove levels altogether if u sell levels already.

نورماندى تو
نورماندى تو

i unfortunately still... hoping that one day or one expansion it will be as fun as it once was

Jarrod Buckard
Jarrod Buckard

Cue the scrubs that pay to level, then have no idea how to play the toon and spend hours wiping groups

cmac2984
cmac2984

Wrong, the article is 100% correct, you just didnt understand it, blizzard is adding a feature to their store that will allow you to instantly upgrade your character to level 90, you do only get one free upgrade when pre ordering Warlords, but after that if your willing to spend the money you could fill an entire account with 90s in a few minutes, just another attempt to make more money leeching off lazy people, the free upgrade with warlords i understand and am fine with, but offering the feature to completly bypass leveling is kinda dumb, and after 10 years and all the microtransactions that blizzard has, why are we still paying monthly fees? i have so many other free games i could play why would i continue to pay every month for a 10 yr old game, that frankly has been pretty dumbed down and hasent seen much improvement

cirugo
cirugo

@chrisbingle

people that don't have a clue how to play their characters have no business in "end-game" content.  Unless there's a way to differentiate between the people you are talking about and the lazy idiots you're just going to have more morons in your groups and raids.

MikeLirette
MikeLirette

@vadagar1 Too bad you can't speak let alone hold a gun. Also, that's hate speech. See ya.

chrisbingle
chrisbingle

@cirugo @chrisbingle I really doubt bad players will be using the service much. I don't see the point of paying for a class that you're not going to take the time to research and learn. People who suck are going to suck either way, and if you don't want to group with them, raid with a guild. Problem solved. 

What you're suggesting is probably not going to happen on such a scale. You probably won't notice anything.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@MikeLirette@vadagar1fine they can throw them selves into a twig shredder for all I care .. such stupidity must not be passed down to the next generation.