For those who like to grab their World of Warcraft game time in 30, 90 or 180 day increments, Blizzard has some news for you. Announced today, the company is doing away with the more incremental purchaseable game time options, instead opting for just the 60 day option in addition to WoW Tokens and the standard subscription fee.
Announced via the forums (spotted by WoWHead), Blizzard announced the change after a review of their available services. The change only affects game time purchaseables and doesn't affect subscriptions or WoW Tokens for World of Warcraft.
Via the forums post:
"We recently conducted a review on the available services in all currencies. Based on this, we have decided to alter the available Game Time options in the Blizzard Shop. As of today, the Game Time options of 30, 90, and 180 days have been removed and Game Time is only available as a purchase of 60 Days"
The pricing for the 60-day option is $29.99.
Blizzard stresses that those who are still operating under game time purchases at the other increments will not be affected by this change, rather when it's time to renew they'll simply need to select the 60 day option or one of the other ways to jump into Azeroth.
Subscription pricing is unaffected, including the bundle rates you get for paying months in advance, which in the long run works out to be cheaper than just buying time upfront. However, many players tend to dip in and out of MMOs over time (WoW or otherwise), so being able to pay for smaller increments of game time is convenient for them. For those who use WoW Tokens to pay for gametime through the in-game market (or using the tokens for Blizzard Balance) , this change does affect those either.
In other World of Warcraft news, The Burning Crusade Classic just went into Beta, bringing the upcoming expansion to the Classic version of the MMO. Also, in case you missed it, check out five things Robin is hoping to see when Shadowlands' 9.1 patch hits later this year.