Blizzard Entertainment, developer of the "Diablo," "Starcraft" and "Warcraft" series, has announced that "World of Warcraft," the ultra-popular MMO, will be getting an in-game store. The announcement was made in an official forum post by Bashiok, a Blizzard Community Manager.
Not only will "WoW" get a store, but it will also come with some new items, including an XP buff. The announcement also indicated that there will be "alternative" ways to get Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. Blizzard also mentions that they'll be testing "some new kinds of items," but they failed to provide any details about what they could be introducing in the near future.
The announcement claims that, as in the past, Blizzard will weigh and consider community feedback when it comes to deciding what items or types of items they should introduce to "WoW." Blizzard also announced that the store and the new kinds of items they referred to will first be tested in Asian regions "at the outset," implying that they'll be tested in other regions as well at some point.
Scroll down to read the full "WoW" store announcement:
"Thanks for all the feedback so far, everyone. We’re still pretty early in the exploration process, but we did want to go into more detail about our rationale for introducing an in-game store, as well as provide some insight into what you might ultimately see available there.
"For players who are already interested in the in-game items we offer, such as Pet Store pets and mounts, the benefits of an in-game store are pretty clear. We think everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system.
"First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved -- including Pet Store pets, mounts and more -- your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.
"Ultimately it’s still too early in the process to make any final determinations about our plans, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll check out the in-game store once it’s implemented on the PTR and let us know what you think."
What do you think of "WoW" getting an in-game store? Do you like it? Why or why not? What items do you want the "WoW" store to offer and why? Sound off in the comments below.
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