Microtransactions will soon find their way into World of Warcraft. Community Manager at Battle.net Bashiok confirmed rumors from earlier this week that the massively popular MMORPG would be adding the controversial payment plan to the already subscription based fees.
Players subscribing to the World of Warcraft raised fears that “convenience-based items” would be made available at the click of a button and ruin the game’s ecosystem, now nearly a decade in the making.
Blizzard stated that such purchases like buffs and level-aiding would only be available in Asia initially, and Western markets would only be limited to extras for pets, like costumes and horse armor.
“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.”
With the World of Warcraft officially going with microtransactions, is it still too early to declare the subscription based payment plan on life support? How much longer until World of Warcraft drops the level 20 cap for free-to-play and decides to just embrace it?
I can’t think of too many other major bastions that still require the monthly payment plan.