World of Warcraft developers look at alternative subscription options
Blizzard are “‘exploring the possibility” of letting World of Warcraft players buy game-time tokens that can be sold in-game for gold.
We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold,” state Blizzard in a Battle.net forum post. “Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to cover some of their subscription cost, while giving players who might have less play time an option for acquiring gold from other players through a legit and secure system.
“A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW. We agree it could be a good fit for the game, and we look forward to any feedback you have as we continue to look into this feature.”
Prominent MMOs such as RIFT, Wildstar and ArcheAge have already adopted similar tradable game-time token options.
In the same post, Blizzard has also outlined other features it is working on for WoW in 2015. These include new Legendary quests and the introduction of Legendary followers, tweaks to Flight Master routes to make journeys shorter and improvements to Garrisons. Players will also be getting the ability to send Tweets from within the game.