Blizzard has taken masochism to a new extreme over this weekend. Never have I seen a company so content to drop nuclear bombs on itself in so short a time as they have, announcing to the world that yes, “We will take your money with us smiling to our graves”.
The newest in the trilogy of wtf-inducing news items is that World of Warcraft is about to get paid character customization in the future. Want to have a special hat that nobody else has? Need the newest leather boots to impress the ladies? It’s just like middle school again, only you’re paying a monthly fee.
This bit of info comes from Warcry, which attended a Q&A session over the weekend at Blizzcon:
When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta’s data files named “Paid Character Customization,” [World of Warcraft production director J. Allen] Brack initially hesitated to give any answer at all. Several questions later, he went back to the matter, saying that he could, in fact, confirm that World of Warcraft would eventually have some form of paid character customization, though they themselves hadn’t yet worked out any details.
So there you have it. Granted, you don’t have to pay to customize your character in every instance, just that more unique customizations will cost you money. But even still, you only know where this leads… Want to start off at level 30? Pay an extra $15 bucks a month! Need a stronger weapon? Pay an extra $2 a month!
What are your thoughts on this? Is the sky falling yet?