Blizzard’s globe spanning MMO could soon see real shops popping up in game.
Blizzard has confirmed that it is exploring the option of adding real-money shops into its MMO World of Warcraft, which would offer players with in-game boosts and items in exchange for cash.
The news initially came out when eagle-eyed fans spotted references to “real-money items” while exploring the company’s latest server updates.
“We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game,” a representative told fans on the community website.
“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.”
Among the items that could be on sale, one user noticed the “Enduring Elixir of Wisdom”, which grants the player’s character a 100% boost to experience from killing monsters and completing quests.
Blizzard has seen subscriber numbers for its still-dominant MMO slip in recent years from the high of over 11million paying players.
During a conference call with investors, CEO Mike Morhaime revealed that subscribers had dropped to just over 8 million and that the company was looking at ways to “deliver new game content”.
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