Dataminers find some unexpected shenanigans in World of Warcraft PTR!

Did you feel the ground trembling when you saw this logo? I know I did!

Something unexpected showed up on Wowhead today, a fansite many World of Warcraft players use for information, regarding a new cash shop item, the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom; which provides a hour long experience boost, not unlike the items that commonly appear in many free to play games. However, World of Warcraft players should not be too terribly worried that the herculean game is going to go down the path that many still regard as a path of failure, as a forum post by one of WoW‘s community managers stated “We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.” What this probably means that this item is probably going to be exclusively used in the eastern regions, instead of being a dreaded headway into the uncertain void of F2P land.

Obviously this is just speculation, but I sincerely doubt that World of Warcraft would let go of the subscription model that it currently embraces any time soon. With 8 million players still paying monthly, it would make little sense for the online giant to change it’s business model this soon. $130 million (roughly) a month is nothing to scoff at, and it seems many times more likely that this item is intended solely for the Korean playerbase, as they have a different subscription model which would better allow for this sort of system.

What do you think about this? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts regarding this development. Does it mean that World of Warcraft is heading towards that dreaded Free to play territory? Or is it just an experiment to see if something like this would work for the Korean servers?

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This entry was posted by Ian Brown.

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