With today's announcement of Tokens coming to World of Warcraft (think EVE's PLEX or WildStar's CREDD), we're asking: will you be getting in on the action? Do you think the addition of Tokens will do anything to stave off gold sellers in Azeroth?
I'll admit it, the proposition is a good one. There are a lot of gold sinks in WoW, and as the type of gamer who doesn't play one MMO, the thought of being able to buy a bunch of gold to get a shiny mount or something else I might want seems like a good deal. Especially when it's sanctioned and internally hosted by the game itself.
In fact, much of the Gems I've bought in Guild Wars 2 have been converted to gold instead of just used on cosmetic items.
So today's Daily Quest is a short one: will you use WoW's Token system and do you think it'll stave off the rampant gold selling and spam in Azeroth?
Blizzard has announced that a new token system will be introduced to World of Warcraft that will allow players to purchase tokens with real world cash via the Blizzard Store and resell the token in-game at the auction house for gold. Players purchasing a token in game will find it account bound but can use it for 30-days subscription time.
The auction house will have a set price for tokens based on market pricing and no bidding will be required. Players simply purchase the token with in-game gold and receive it in the mail. Further, tokens will have no expiration date and can be used at any point in time when additional days of subscription are needed.
Q: Why are you introducing the WoW Token feature?
A: We’ve heard feedback from players that they’d be interested in a secure, legitimate way to acquire gold that doesn’t involve the use of unauthorized third-party gold-selling services—one of the primary sources of account compromises. We also know players who’ve amassed large amounts of gold through regular play would be interested in the ability to trade some to other players in exchange for game time, helping cover their subscription costs. The WoW Token feature gives players on both sides of the equation a secure and straightforward way to make that exchange. It opens up a new kind of payment option for World of Warcraft players, and we hope that it will also help lead to fewer account compromises and a better game experience overall.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Big news today for World of Warcraft players. Blizzard has announced plans to allow players to purchase game time with gold! Similar to the PLEX system in EVE or C.R.E.D.D. in Wildstar, you’ll soon be able to purchase a WoW Token from the auction house using gold that can be consumed for 30 days of game time. This is huge.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Play to Play For Free.
The World of Warcraft Recruit-a-Friend program has introduced a new perk for those whose buddies sign on for at least a month: The Cindermane Charger. You can check it out in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Find out more about the Recruit-a-Friend program on the World of Warcraft community site.
The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a new blog post called "The Adventure Continues" that is a nice little write up of some of the additional features coming in tomorrow's v6.1 update. The post is designed to introduce players to some of the new content for their followers and themselves.
Players can look forward to:
World of Warcraft will be updated with the much-anticipated v6.1 patch on Tuesday, February 24th. The patch brings some major features into the game including support for the color blind, Twitter integration, an heirlooms collection tab, the updated Blood Elf models, improvements to existing character models, and anti-aliasing / lighting improvements.
The patch also brings quest improvements, character balance updates, garrison improvements, a new legendary follower, the ability to summon a world boss to a garrison and much, much more.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of v6.1, the World of Warcraft team has put together a new video to show off some of what players can expect.
The full patch notes can also be found on the World of Warcraft community site.
Blizzard announced today that the sale of its charity pet, "Argi" the Space Goat, has earned $1.9M for ebola relief in Africa through the Red Cross. The charity pets were sold in the World of Warcraft item shop, with 100% of the price going to support the Red Cross efforts in Africa.
Congratulations to World of Warcraft players and to Blizzard for making a difference in the world.
When the World of Warcraft v6.1 patch goes live later this spring, players will be able to use Twitter from within the game. The in-game app allows for text-only Tweets but also gives the ability to take, crop and send out image-based Tweets as well. The app will be available in the 'social' tab of the main interface and will require players to authenticate their Twitter account to allow integration with WoW.
Tweeting from within the game can be accomplished by using a keyboard command, clicking the "share" icon or by bringing up the interface itself.
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a handy FAQ about how Twitter integration will work so be sure to head over and check it out.
Blizzard has posted a new blog update that gives World of Warcraft players a look ahead at what they can expect to find in game during February.
The biggest news is, of course, the opening of the second raid in the Warlords of Draenor expansion that was released in November. Players have been progressing through the Highmaul raid since early December and most are looking forward to the opening of Blackrock Foundry which arrives later today, February 3rd.
Blizzard has posted the World of Warcraft public test realm patch notes for v6.1. The PTR will be playing host to several new updates including the overhauled Blood Elf models, the new heirlooms tab in collections, big updates to garrisons, Twitter integration and much more.
New Heirloom Collections Tab
- The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
- Heirlooms have a tier system to denote the maximum level that the item scales up to.
- New neck slot Heirlooms are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
- Vendors in Stormwind (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sells Heirlooms for gold.
- Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms are also available.
- Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
- Argent Tournament sells tier-1 and tier-2 Heirlooms for Champion's Seals.
- Some world events now sell either tier-2 and tier-3 Heirlooms for currency obtained through the event.
- Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.
Read the full notes on the World of Warcraft community site.
MMORPG.com has partnered with FUN.com to give a way two sets of World of Warcraft Funkos!
Our two lucky winners will win one set of three World of Warcraft Funkos vinyl figures each:
This week we learn about a new Warcraft project, World of Warcraft: Chronicle and take a look at what’s next for the raiding scene with the Blackrock Foundry.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Chronicle.
Earlier this week, it was revealed through datamining the latest PTR version of World of Warcraft that something called a Veteran Account would perhaps be introduced at a later time. Speculation ran rampant that this might mean that lapsed subscribers would be able to play their characters but with heavy restrictions, perhaps also leading to a F2P model of WoW. However, Community Manager Bashiok has explained its true meaning.
According to the post on the World of Warcraft forums, lapsed subscribers would have their accounts changed back to the 'Starter Edition' of WoW which allows players to play for free to level 20 with restrictions, including not being able to join a guild. The restriction on guild membership will be lifted in a future update which will allow former subscribers who have never been able to log in once the subscription was terminated to access their accounts as a convenience for non-playing guild mates to continue to chat with friends, etc.
It remains unclear what, if any, access players would have to characters higher than level 20. We will keep an eye out for clarification.
Head the the World of Warcraft community site.
World of Warcraft players ready to move on from the Highmaul raid will be happy to hear that Blackrock Foundry will open the first wing on February 3rd. Both Normal and Heroic levels will open that day, with Mythic a week later and Raid Finder on February 17th.
February 3, 2015:
Blackrock Foundry opens with Normal and Heroic difficulties available.
World boss Rukhmar becomes available in Spires of Arak.
February 10, 2015:
Mythic difficulty becomes available.
February 17, 2015:
Raid Finder Wing 1: Slagworks (Gruul, Oregorger, and The Blast Furnace) unlocks.
February 24, 2015:
Raid Finder Wing 2: The Black Forge (Hans’gar and Franzok, Flamebender Ka’graz, and Kromog ) unlocks.
March 10, 2015:
Raid Finder Wing 3: Iron Assembly (Beastlord Darmac, Operator Thogar, and The Iron Maidens) unlocks.
March 24, 2015:
Raid Finder Wing 4: Blackhand’s Crucible (Blackhand) unlocks.
Find out more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Busy little dataminers have been combing through the World of Warcraft v6.1 patch that is currently live on the public test realm. Among expected new items, quests and achievements, is the interesting tidbit that Twitter integration will be included, new video display options, and that Garona will become a player's legendary companion.
Other notable finds:
Blizzard has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to bring a series of World of Warcraft books that will help fill in lore gaps and reveal new information about the foundations of Azeroth and much more. Called "Chronicles", the first volume is due out in November 2015 with subsequent titles to follow at a later time.
World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.
“We often get questions from players who want to know more about the origins of the Warcraft universe, and the rise and fall of their favorite characters” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “This new series digs deeply into all of that—we can’t wait for players to read it.”
This beautiful hardcover book features over twenty full-page illustrations by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee and marks the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe; from the distant past to the modern era.
Read more about the World of Warcraft books on the Dark Horse Comics site.
As with all things World of Warcraft, simply hitting the level cap is not the end of the journey, though many might expect it to be. So what should one do upon reaching level 100? We've got a few ideas in mind that can still bring months of quality time to WoW players.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: The Journey Doesn't End at 100.
In an interview at 2p.com, Duncan Jones, director of the Warcraft movie currently in post-production, has hinted that there may be more films in the works with which he will be involved.
2p.com: Fans (especially Warcraft gamers) are worried about 2 hours not being enough to tell such a huge fantasy story. Do you have any plans to do more movies about WoW, maybe a trilogy?
Jones: Peter Jackson did a magnificent job of “setting the table: for Tolkein’s universe with his first Lord of the Rings film. I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by!
Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more! There is certainly plenty more to tell! I would love to be part of that process of expanding on the lore that makes up Warcraft, but it will all depend on what you, the audience, think of our first film!
Read the full interview at the link above.
In late October I wrote a column that was an attempt at humor. In it I listed the top 10 reasons to look forward to the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. Now that Warlords has been out for over a month I want to go back and take a look at how much of my humorous list actually holds up under the stress of use.
Read more of Rob Lashley's World of Warcraft: How Did the WoD Top Ten Hold Up?
The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a new post that takes a brief look back at 2014 in WoW and, even more interestingly, a gigantic look ahead at what 2015 will bring for players.
The team threw out several very interesting peeks at the coming year including:
New Ways to Play
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. 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.
Read the rest on the World of Warcraft community site.