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    Thread: World of Warcraft no longer requires a game purchase, just a subscription

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      World of Warcraft no longer requires a game purchase, just a subscription

      Blizzard has been adamant for years that it's not currently considering a switch to a free-to-play format for its popular World of Warcraft. That's still true, but the developer has come up with a new plan for introducing non-subscription-based options into the massively multiplayer online game.
      The solution is something Blizzard is calling "WoW Tokens," and it may look familiar to people who have played Eve Online. As with the latter game's PLEX, WoW Tokens can be purchased by players with real money. They can then turn around and sell the Tokens on World of Warcraft's auction house.


      Other players can purchase WoW Tokens off the auction house with in-game gold. Once purchased, they can be redeemed for 30 days of game time.
      Unlike Eve Online's system, players will not be able to set their own in-game gold prices for WoW Tokens. Instead, they'll be exchanged to the auction house at a rate based on a special formula Blizzard has developed. This will take into account supply and demand for Tokens as well as other elements of the World of Warcraft economy in each region.
      WoW Tokens can be purchased by players with real money
      Since Tokens are sold at a set gold price, they're also not resellable. Once you've purchased a Token from the auction house, it's soulbound to your character and must be redeemed by you.
      According to World of Warcraft lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas, this new system doesn't have anything in common with a move to free-to-play. "They're completely different," he told Polygon.


      Instead, Hazzikostas says the system is more of an answer to shady third-party gold sellers. Players who want to spend real money to earn in-game gold now have a legitimate way to do so directly through Blizzard. The developer is hoping this will help stop third-party sellers from compromising the accounts of innocent players to steal gold.
      Hazzikostas isn't ready to discuss specific pricing of tokens nor how much in-game gold they'll sell for, but he says it will be competitive with the third-party gold sellers that Blizzard is trying to put out of business.
      Hazzikostas says Blizzard is currently planning to provide an option for lapsed subscribers who may have a lot of gold sitting around to log in and purchase Tokens without having to purchase a subscription at all. In effect, if you have enough gold saved up and continue getting lots, you could never have to pay real money for a World of Warcraft subscription ever again.


      Unfortunately, WoW Tokens won't be available without logging in at all.
      "The way it's built, it's very integrated into the World of Warcraft experience from the buyer's perspective," said Hazzikostas. "It's something that you get mailed to yourself and use just like any other item. It's connected to your character, so it's not something that could be done through a browser."
      WoW Tokens will launch in each of the game's core regions Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea and China with each region having its own pricing based on supply and demand there. Blizzard has no set date for when WoW Tokens will launch beyond "in an upcoming patch."
      Hazzikostas also declined to reveal what pricing will be for Tokens, though he said that gold prices will likely fluctuate a fair amount in the early weeks before stabilizing.
      For more on World of Warcraft, check out our review of its latest expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor.

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      then day and night wow status gonna be activated here


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      Bull shit.. u will still pay to buy gold to buy tokens from auction house 95% of players have less than 100k gold in their stash... its the D3 auction house model which was a massive fail before.

      Either u will become a freakin chinease farmer and invest money in buying bots like honorbuddy or ReBOT or buy tokens from blizzard store.

      this game is still pay to fuckin play.
      Ima gona Hook your @ss kid..come to Daddy!

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      World of Warcraft no longer requires a game purchase, just a subscription



      The Battle Chest is no more






      All of World of Warcraft’s available content — aside from the soon to be released Battle for Azeroth expansion — is now included in the game’s $14.99 monthly subscription fee. The Battle Chest — which used to include the base game and all previous expansions — is no longer available for purchase in Blizzard’s online shop. This change appears to be permanent.
      Players, new and old, can now sign up for a subscription and play all the way through Legion,World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion. This change comes shortly after the pre-patch forBattle for Azeroth, World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion, which is scheduled to be released on Aug. 14.
      This change lowers the barrier to entry for World of Warcraft, which has typically required that players purchase the base game to play. As long as players pay their monthly subscription, they can play all the way through level 110 without purchasing anything additional. However, for players who become interested in playing the latest and greatestWorld of Warcraft content, Battle for Azeroth will still cost a one-time fee of $49.99.
      Polygon has reached out to Blizzard regarding an official statement or announcement of this new pricing structure.

     

     

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