Blizzard has made some curious adjustments to the way in which gamers can buy game time for World of Warcraft, its growing older however standard MMORPG. The choices to buy game time in pre-paid chunks of 30, 90, and 180 days have been eliminated, leaving solely the 60-day possibility. You’ll of course nonetheless have the option to buy a recurring month-to-month subscription, nonetheless.
WoWhead speculates that the change could also be a transfer to fight World of Warcraft bots that use WoW Token to pay for 30-day passes – these can use their Battle.web account balances to pay for game time, however that’s not accepted as a cost technique for recurring subscriptions. For their half, some gamers suspect it’s a income elevating transfer by Activision-Blizzard, and are chafing on the incapacity to buy 30-day passes – significantly gamers who solely often soar into the game from time to time.
However, these gamers aren’t out of luck – in actual fact, they’ll nonetheless buy the recurring month-to-month WoW subscription – at a less expensive worth than the 30-day game time move, in actual fact – then cancel it earlier than the subsequent month’s prices are made to their credit score or debit card.
The key factor right here, nonetheless, is that some proportion of gamers who solely imply to play for a month will possible neglect to cancel their subscription earlier than they’re charged for the second, after which maybe really feel compelled to maintain enjoying.
Blizzard’s official rationalization isn’t significantly useful: “We lately performed a assessment on the out there companies in all currencies”, the corporate wrote in an electronic mail announcement. “Based on this, we’ve got determined to alter the out there Game Time choices within the Blizzard Shop. As of right this moment, the Game Time choices of 30, 90, and 180 days have been eliminated and Game Time is just out there as a purchase order of 60 Days.”
Blizzard does level out that subscription and WoW Token costs are unchanged, and that any already bought game time will stay legitimate.