World of Warcraft’s instant-level-90 boost will cost $60, according to screenshots

Level 90 World of Warcraft

By on February 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

A glitch on World of Warcraft‘s US servers that temporarily gave people access to the character upgrade interface in the store has revealed that Blizzard are looking to price an instant boost to max level at $60.

Naturally, because this is the Internet, somebody immediately took a screenshot and now it’s been plastered everywhere. Blizzard have of course not issued an official comment so treat this as a rumour at best, but there you go.

Source: MMO Champion (thanks, Spooler!

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jerichosainte

“Just how much is your time worth to you?”

Enough to not spend it playing WOW in the first place.

 

I don’t know why so many on mmo-champion and other sites are so pissed off about this. You get one character up to 90 for free when you buy the expansion or so i have been lead to believe?. This just stops people abusing the system and stops crap players jumping into end content and ruining the experience for long term players.

If people think this is so expensive then don’t bloody buy it, just play the game.

 

So…if a month’s subscription is around $US15 this is worth around 4 month subscription. How long would it normally take to hit level 90 the honest way? (at an estimate)

 

manutd58:
I don’t know why so many on mmo-champion and other sites are so pissed off about this. You get one character up to 90 for free when you buy the expansion or so i have been lead to believe?. This just stops people abusing the system and stops crap players jumping into end content and ruining the experience for long term players.

If people think this is so expensive then don’t bloody buy it, just play the game.

Pretty much this, seems people want to be able to buy a new character as well as it being cheap, think of the abusing that will occur from doing that.

People don’t seem to see the bigger picture when something like this comes out, you want people to use it, sparingly I guess to buy that one character or a couple that you can no longer be bothered to level. Not a brand new player that just wants to play everything, that’s not where it’s aimed at.

 

People still play WoW? Or more surprisingly, people still care about WoW?

 

gogogadget,

Enough for both of us to be posting in this thread…

 
Artful-dodgeR

vcatkiller:
So…if a month’s subscription is around $US15 this is worth around 4 month subscription.How long would it normally take to hit level 90 the honest way?(at an estimate)

Not 4 months. Honestly I think when I last played from 80-90 it took me a few weeks tops, and thats not accounting for the accelerated levelling from 1-80. I’ve known someone who levelled up fully in around 2 weeks (admittedly he had no life).

$60 is VERY steep IMO. Hell, even $30 would have been questionable.

 

vcatkiller,

Take probably 2 weeks for a regular player, 3-4 for a new player, and some veteran players would be able to get through in a week and a half.

manutd58:
If people think this is so expensive then don’t bloody buy it, just play the game.

People have to have something to complain about XD
The people that are complaining in my opinion are the ones who wanted to buy lvl 90 for all their alts and not lvl them, but now it’s going to actually cost a fair bit they are going to complain it’s too expensive so they can’t lvl their 10 alts with it.

A lot of people don’t seem to understand the concept of moderation, the service is there for people to pay to boost one maybe two of their characters, not pay to skip the lvling process for every character you make.

Then you get the people complaining that blizzard is being greedy and putting the price up, but putting the price as high as it is in my opinion stops people from just mindlessly spending. A few people have suggested that blizzard offer 1 lvl per dollar, so that the system doesn’t get abused.

 

Buy a game and then pay more money so you don’t have to actually play the game. I worry for the world.

 

cjgordon: People have to have something to complain about XD

Hahaha yeah i guess.

cjgordon: The people that are complaining in my opinion are the ones who wanted to buy lvl 90 for all their alts and not lvl them, but now it’s going to actually cost a fair bit they are going to complain it’s too expensive so they can’t lvl their 10 alts with it.

True, however i would also suggest the ones that argue this would also be the first to complain the “system has been abused by noobs and the end content has been ruined”

cjgordon: A lot of people don’t seem to understand the concept of moderation, the service is there for people to pay to boost one maybe two of their characters, not pay to skip the lvling process for every character you make.

Spot on.

cjgordon: Then you get the people complaining that blizzard is being greedy and putting the price up, but putting the price as high as it is in my opinion stops people from just mindlessly spending. A few people have suggested that blizzard offer 1 lvl per dollar, so that the system doesn’t get abused.

If that is the real price then all they have really done is given people two choices, buy the expansion multiple times to get a free character to 90 or pay the equivalent of the expansion. As some have said, $60USD is perfect to maybe use it once or twice, yet high enough to deter morons and exploiters.

 

vcatkiller: So…if a month’s subscription is around $US15 this is worth around 4 month subscription. How long would it normally take to hit level 90 the honest way? (at an estimate)

A week if you get some decent play sessions in … a fortnight if you don’t… If you don’t have any bonus XP gear (everyone with a 90 should have) it’ll take you abit longer.

Would be nice if this service were like $10… I would like a druid/paladin but have no desire to level them. I’d pay $20 to toy around with them … not $120.

 

Meh, if i still played and had any classes i hadnt maxed then I’d probably use it. I maxed out everything but a warlock and geared them all, i know how to level and CBF doing it all over again. It’s also going to take more $$ out of farmers pockets, which is always a good thing.

An hour of my free time is worth more than an hour of pay at work, id rather just skip the shit and get on to having fun on a character once ive done the quests 10 times each. I find that the people who cry about subs/boosts like that are generally teenagers and/or unemployed… aint no adults got time fo dat!

They should probably lock it to accounts that are older than say, 6 months though, just to prevent abuse etc.

 

nekosan:
They should probably lock it to accounts that are older than say, 6 months though, just to prevent abuse etc.

There is also the limit on the amount of gold a character can be transferred off-realm with based on the character level. If I recall you had to be level 80 to take 50,000g? Or have they relaxed that?

 

When I played it took about 10 days to get to 90 I reckon for the average player. Could do it in 5-6 with some effort. Even at 5 days though it would take 4 months of playing an hour a day…. So yeah. The reason people say 1 or 2 weeks is it’s quite normal for people to play 5 hours a day on WoW.

 

I find that the people who cry about subs/boosts like that are generally teenagers and/or unemployed… aint no adults got time fo dat!

This definitely seems like the target audience. You can have people paying a subscription and get an extra $60 a pop who would potentially get ‘bored’ or just decide not to play because their limited time is spent killing boars in elwynn while just about everyone else is doing LFRs and such. Don’t get me wrong, the journey is great (the first couple of times), but you don’t really develop that ‘addiction’ or ‘sense of achievement’ that happens when you start clearing end game bosses and begin gearing up your character, which ultimately leads to continued subscription.

 

gogogadget:
People still play WoW? Or more surprisingly, people still care about WoW?

People still make idiot posts like this in WoW related articles and threads?

 

I guess they are encouraging people NOT to do this but also trying to take away a black market in character levelling that also compromised account security. Also take note if you use this for a character that is greater than level 60 you will get a profession boost to your primary professions and first-aid.

I fear what we will see next will be 80,000g for $80, a box of heroic loot for $100 and max out your achievement points for $200.

 

jellygoose:

I fear what we will see next will be 80,000g for $80, a box of heroic loot for $100 and max out your achievement points for $200.

I actually had a part addressing gold buying in my original response but decided to cut it. In all honesty, if someone works 40+ hours a week and is willing to spend further money to obtain in game currency more power to them. Unfortunately, after a long work day, I’m sure the last thing people want to do is sit down and use their limited play time to grind out dailies to make enough cash to repair/buy consumables for stuff they actually want to do.

The only problem I see directly buying currency from Blizzard is that it ‘magically’ generates income into the economy and has great potential to make a mess. Even with an ‘official’ service, you’d no doubt have botters/farmers still selling and competing, putting items further out of reach of non-currency buyers/legitimate farmer/dailies(ers?).

Granted it is a MMO, but it is definitely a fast way to lose subscriptions when players get bored or feel unfulfilled. That kind of mind set is definitely counter-productive to a MMO in general, but it appears to be one a lot of gamers have these days, and one companies seem quite willing to indulge and cash in on.

 

I haven’t played wow for year but i would of spent $60 once or twice so i didn’t have to waste my time leveling again. If all your friends are playing max level its a great option to have.

People are saying it would take 2 weeks to hit max level but how many hours play is that?

p.s. i would buy gold instead of farming it, my time is worth more to me than grinding a game.

 

I actually liked leveling characters, especially since I met some great american friends (Who I have since visited when I went to the US, while doing so.) Spent many a good night just chilling in Ventrilo, leveling and discussing the lore/world.

I stopped played during Cataclysm but to me all the stress actually came from the endgame itself. I did enjoy raiding, but exploring the world from the viewpoint of different races etc always seemed more fun to me.

I am a huge Warcraft lore nut though, love all the books etc.

 
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