BlizCon has come and gone, leaving behind a whirlwind of… microtransactions?
Yes, it would seem the company raking in the cash with WoW intends to go the way of the asian and charge you a few cents/dollars for useless crap, or perhaps even better, make you pay for stuff to compete. LFG “must have $3 sword and $8 armor set, pst” “Onyxia attunement, now only $2!”
In addition to confirming microtransactions in WoW, Bliz also announced you get to buy StarCraft 2 three times to get the full game. The spin? It’s going to be ‘better’ content if they make you buy it three times. What’s next, five different versions of Diablo 3, so they can make each class ‘better’ for the sucker… err customer? The monthly fee for B.net access is right around the corner…
As I’ve said before, I love Blizzard games. Rock and Roll Racing was fantastic, and basically every game since has as well, up to about the time WoW added space aliens and said ‘F the lore, here are some shinies’. I can’t help but think the recent merger with Activison (and becoming a publicly traded company) has had a strong influence in this recent ‘bleed them dry’ approach. At some point, it’s going to backfire, and Blizzard will go from a ‘must buy’ name to a ‘must avoid’ company, in much the same way people avoid games with heavy DRM software (hi Spore). At that point though, most of the top executives will have sold all their shares, and will be looking at another name to scoop up and pillage, leaving behind a husk of a company and plenty of angry gamers.