WoW: Blizzard Testing Paid Level 90 Upgrade for Expansion

Come Warlords of Draenor, you may be able to directly purchase a level 90 character.

News by Mike Williams, .

One of the problems with World of Warcraft, since it's been running for ten years, is that leveling up an alt from the beginning is an absolute pain. Blizzard has tried to deal with the problem as they've added each new expansion. They've lowered the experience needed to level, raised the experience given for quests, added experience for gathering professions, and offered experience-boosting heirloom items for purchase in various ways. But with 90 levels to get through to prepare for Warlords, it might not be enough.

Now the company is taking a new step to directly alleviate the problem. Today, Blizzard announced that it may allow players to directly purchase a level 90 character upgrade. The feature will be tested "in the near future" and bits of Blizzard's planned fix will be launching on the Public Test Realms soon.

While those plans are still in flux, Blizzard's announcement also confirmed another way to get a level 90 upgrade for a single character. When the digital pre-order for Warlords of Draenor goes live, players who pre-purchase the expansion can boost one character to level 90 immediately. Those who pre-purchase the Digital Deluxe edition will also get their special Warlords of Draenor mount and pet at the time of purchase.

"That's a little different from the plan we laid out at BlizzCon, but based on the feedback, it's obvious that many of you would like the chance to get acquainted with a new class before heading into the expansion," stated Blizzard in its announcement post. "This will also give more players the opportunity to experience the current end-game content and the events leading up to Garrosh's exodus to Draenor."

The special mount will probably be the Iron Skyreaver, which was announced as available in the in-game mount shop today.

I can already tell that the paid character upgrades will be a contentious addition for Blizzard. Some players will love it, some will call it 'pay-to-win'. Right now, I'm personally taking a wait-and-see approach, since we're not currently in possession of all of the details. We'll keep you posted as more information become available.

Warlords of Draenor does not currently have a firm release date.

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  • Avatar for Zebetite #1 Zebetite 4 years ago
    I'm of the opinion that when an MMO offers an auto-level service to reach the destination, it's a tacit admission that the journey isn't really worth it.
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  • Avatar for SpoonyBardOL #2 SpoonyBardOL 4 years ago
    I'm doubtful the Special Edition mount will be the Skyreaver, Blizzard has never yet put a CE reward on the shop. I mean, it MIGHT be, but it would be a reversal of how CE rewards have been handled before. I expect that as the Warlords Beta starts and progresses we'll see the CE mount and pet get datamined then.

    As for the Lv90 service, I'm neutral on the idea as a WoW player. I only have a couple of 90s and it would certainly be tempting to buy some more I think I'll just stick to the free 90 I'll get with the expansion. Mostly because I just dislike spending real money on a game I already pay a subscription for (I've never touched any of the store pets or mounts either)

    Not that care that they exist, they're just not for me. I wouldn't look down on anyone wanting to buy a Lv90 like this, after you've gotten a couple already the thought of going through Outland and Northrend AGAIN, and that's to say nothing of everything before and after them, can be pretty tiring. And sometimes you might just want to join some friends in the other faction or fill an under-represented role your guild needs in a hurry. So I don't mind that it exists.

    Plenty of people calling it the end of WoW, though, but it wouldn't be the Warcraft Community without that popping up every few months.
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