World of Warcraft Is Now Subscription Only

By Intan Mawarni on Jul 18, 2018

Looks like one of the longest-running MMORPG is evolving with the times after all. Blizzard has made sudden pricing adjustments for World of Warcraft quietly today. You can enjoy the game with all six expansions: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and Legion just by paying a monthly subscription fee.

Prior to this change, players were required to pay an upfront fee, which was called The Battle Chest to have all expansions before buying subscriptions for the game. The official site stated that the subscribers will receive access to World of Warcraft and every expansion without any additional purchase. All subscribers can play up to level 110 while free trial only allows you to play up to level 20.

This is a significant change for 14-year-old MMORPG as this game is able to rake in millions in terms of buying copies of the game and paying for subscriptions as well as every individual expansion pack. This happened long before the implementation of in-app purchases. However, there’s a catch. The lump sum subscription doesn’t cover the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion: Battle for Azeroth. The seventh expansion traces back to the beginning of power struggles between two factions: the Alliance and the Horde on Azeroth.

The new expansion is just finishing up a pre-patch process, which brings new updates in World of Warcraft such as six new zones in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, changes in classes and specs, and the arrival of long-awaited War Mode. You can watch the video above for more pre-patch details. Battle for Azeroth expansion will be launched on 14 August and priced at $49.99 (RM202.93).

In a way, this is some sort of marketing strategy from Blizzard as players are required to have the Legion expansion first in order to play Battle for Azeroth. Now, maybe it’s the best time for beginners to pick up World of Warcraft and choose between the Alliance or the Horde.

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