It’s hard to believe World of Warcraft is still going strong after so many years. Not that the genre-defining MMO has worn out its welcome, certainly not, it’s just crazy to see how successful a game that requires a monthly subscription can be. Kudos to the incredibly talented team at Blizzard for managing to constantly keep the near decade-old RPG fresh with a mix of new content and balance adjustments. In an added attempt to attract more players who might feel like they’ve waited too long to dive in, it seems Blizzard is looking into the possible inclusion of in-game microtransactions in certain regions of Azeroth.
The idea was first picked up by eagle-eyed members of the Public Test Server, who noticed the description of a certain new spell mentioning an in-game store. Shortly thereafter, senior community representative Jonathan Brown took to the forums to explain the situation. “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,” he wrote.
Of course, no further details have yet been provided, and there are no easy guesses as to which regions in particular Blizzard is looking to implement this new option. So long as the game doesn’t turn into a play-to-win type scenario, I don’t foresee any issues arising from the addition of microtransactions. Given Blizzard’s positive track record when it comes to updating WoW for the better, this should be taken as a welcome change for folks whose time is worth more than the money Blizzard is asking for with any potential in-game purchases.
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