Jul 9, 2013

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Update: Blizzard Confirms In-Game Store for World of Warcraft

Update: Blizzard Confirms In-Game Store for World of Warcraft

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Update:

Blizzard Entertainment continues to confirm the future of microtransactions for World of Warcraft which will take the form of an in-game store. In the recent community forum uproar about the discovery of a 100% XP Buff item, community manager Bashiok has responded with an update regarding this new system:

“Thanks for all the feedback so far, everyone. We’re still pretty early in the exploration process, but we did want to go into more detail about our rationale for introducing an in-game store, as well as provide some insight into what you might ultimately see available there.

For players who are already interested in the in-game items we offer, such as Pet Store pets and mounts, the benefits of an in-game store are pretty clear. We think everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system.

First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved—including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more—your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.

Ultimately it’s still too early in the process to make any final determinations about our plans, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll check out the in-game store once it’s implemented on the PTR and let us know what you think.”

The talk of such in-game transactions began last week when players discovered an Enduring Elixir of Wisdom on the Public Test Realm. Although it may seem that such a system resembles a “pay-to’win” model, Blizzard has denied such accusations. In response to my earlier post, it comes as no surprise that Asian regions will be the first to receive this digital store but judging from Bashiok’s message, it might make its way to NA and EU regions if success follows. With the number of subscriptions decreasing over the years, it looks like Blizzard is attempting to salvage what they have left and cater to current players. But is an in-game store the way to go? Let us know what you think.

[Source: Battle.net]

 

Original story:

In-game microtransactions may be heading to World of Warcraft in the upcoming 5.4 patch. Blizzard has confirmed that they are experimenting with the possibility of allowing players to make purchases whilst playing, explains community manager Zarhym via the game’s forums.

“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 post was made after players discovered an item called the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom on the Public Test Realm (PTR). While it has not been added current servers, the item grants players with a 100% XP increase after killing monsters and completing quests. If you’re planning to start characters from scratch, this would certainly come in handy during the tiresome and repetitive grind. However, what is worth noticing is that the possibility of an “in-game store” will only see light in “certain regions.” Since the Blizzard Store has been up and running for awhile now, there is the possibility that NA and EU regions might not receive this digital supermarket.

World of Warcraft players, let us know what you think about this development!

[Source: Battle.net]