Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters In World of Warcraft?

February 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It looks like Blizzard will soon offer World of Warcraft players the ability to purchase Level 90 characters.

World of Warcraft lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas said, "The intent here isn't to create a world where no-one levels. It's just to allow people who want to purchase additional level 90s, maybe they want a second or third alt and they don't have time to level it themselves because they have a family or etc - it's to allow them to do that."

Hmm...

What do you think GP readers?  Should WoW players be able to purchase a high-level characters or should they have to put in the work if they want one?  Hazzikostas suggests potential buyers might just want another level 90 to play with without having to spend a hundred hours making one.  How about limiting customers to those who have already leveled a character to 90 the old fashioned way?

Vote in the poll and expand on your thoughts in the comments below.  Heck, you can even send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com!  There are so many options!

EZK and I will discuss this topic and reveal the poll results on the next podcast so look forward to it!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

This really strikes me as a band-aid or at minimal is fixing the wrong problem.

If people are wanting to buy level 90 characters, they should really be looking into what is wrong with levels 1-89.  For starters, why does the expansion pack come with one free level 90 upgrade in the first place?

Meh, it is possible I am simply spoiled by EvE which IMHO does a pretty good job of having a place for a wide range of SPs and new content is generally spread out pretty well (even if I would often complain it gave too many goodies to PvPers, null sec, and blobs.... damn it, I wanted me some industry!)

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

Won't happen for two reasons:

1. Blizzard is obsessed with end game raid content now to the point that most of their development effort is devoted to it. It has led to the results that were seen in Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria where the raids were absolutely refined but everything else was stilted, lacking or just plain unfinished. Rather than address this they've been using it as a hostage, asking whether players want other content done or more raids. A growing number of players are saying the former but are falling on deaf ears.

2. Blizzard has as of late taken a stance of if faced with two options, they will choose the path of least resistance. It has led to the revamping of dungeons instead of new ones, fewer dungeons (see also point 1), the grind fests of Isle of Thunder and Timeless Isle, the declaration of no flight in current content from now on, and of course the auto skip to level 90 (which they originally planned to be a training course style but changed that to auto 90). Basically whenever faced with a choice that requires effort, the devs seem to go "too hard, not doing it, let's do the easy cop-out instead."

Personally, I think the people behind City of Heroes had the right approach by not increasing the cap at all but instead gave new options throughout the leveling experience. It allowed content they created on the first day to be just as relevant as the day prior to the servers shutting down.

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

This should be default in all MMOs pay to get something not mired in restrictions or a leveled up character. I'd rather buy a 50$ character on top of 15$ a month then grind away for 3 months.


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Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

I'm perfectly content with the option of "Yes, if you've already got a level 90 in the first place"

Actually, what I might prefer more would be some sort of level sync between all characters

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Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

How about "Yes, but then no PvP for you"?

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

Yes, let's deny content to people who are willing to give you extra money.

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

Yes lets give the same benefit to people with money that others had to spend months to years to get.

Re: Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters ...

Then I guess it comes down to whether the one-time $60 purchases outweigh the alienation and loss of the $15/monthers.  And if the numbers do favor the former, then how mercenary and unscrupulous you want to appear may also factor in.

 
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