In the hubbub of the recent data-mined 5.4 patch notes with the introduction of an item called Enduring Elixir of Wisdom, and from what WoWDB has examined, it looks like this item will be sold in the Blizzard Shop right along the Heart of the Aspects and Blossoming Ancient.
While not officially confirming the existence of the induction of microtransactions in World of Warcraft, Zarhym has gone appeared on the forums saying how they are looking into the posssibility can be seen on the PTR.
Today I would like to discuss my opinions and view points about microtransactions in games and MMOs. First I can see why Blizzard would be interested in introducing this payment model to WoW, besides the continuous drop in player subscription in WoW, there have been other game companies (in both the mobile and MMO genera) that have shown they can make a profit from selling microtransactions to the players.
Personally speaking I have bought microtransactions throughout my gaming life: for the past two Christmases I have bought League of Legends gift cards for both of my brothers, I have purchased cosmetic DLC packs for Batman Arkham City, and I have both the Sparkle Pony and the Winged Guardian in my mount stable.
The rule that I follow when buying microtransactions and supporting companies that offer the service is to only buy items that do not break the game for me or the people I’m playing with. To give credit where credit it due, Riot’s League of Legends game does this perfectly with the option to either obtain new champions with the money you earn in-game or with your wallet, and the items you can only get through paying with real money are just champion skins that will change the appearance of your selected champion.
It looks like this is what Blizzard is doing. No one in the World of Warcraft community will receive a negative impact if Blizzard wants to sell a product that speeds up the leveling process, especially since all of WoW’s focus in on late/end game content. I do want to warn the people at Blizzard, that if they do allow the selling of mircotransactions in the game, they should stay away from any microtransactions that would give players an advantage in the area of the game that really counts (i.e selling weapons, key resources, or increased drop rates)
As I said in my pre-E3 Xbox One post (Be MOP #232) I disapprove of a business model where I get the impression that company is trying get me to pay twice for a game as the case with a paid service and advertisements or additional purchases for the game.
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