Over the weekend it was discovered that Blizzard will be adding to World of Warcraft a in-game store that allows players to buy items with real world money. Today Blizzard, offered an explanation for this move on their part. Community Manager, Micah Whipple said the following:

“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.”   

Now, if the in-game store was just offered called cosmetic items such’s pets, mounts, etc , there would not be much of a uproar but from what was seen in the data there would be items that would directly give players an advantage  in leveling and more.  The first item is called the  Enduring Elixir of Wisdom that would double the amount of XP gained from killing monsters and completing quest. When asked about this, Whipple did not deny that Blizzard was exploring the idea.

“First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.”

Charms or Tokens are given for completing Daily Quests and defeating Raid and Dungeon Boss’s. What these Charms do is allow players to get bonus rolls on items that drop off of these boss’s. This may and can lead to conflicts within raiding guild’s and dungeon party’s where one player who has purchased a signification amount of Lesser Charms of  Good Fortune and can get more rolls on a piece of gear than another player who has none of the tokens.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved—including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more—your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.” Whipple said.

Items such as the Elixir of Enduring Wisdom will be introduce in Asian territories first, though Whipple does not deny that the Elixir could appear in North America or EU territories.

Source: cinemablend

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