Pay-for-customisation confirmed for WoW

Written by Joe Martin

October 14, 2008 | 12:07

Tags: #blizzcon #mmorpg #world-of-warcraft #wow

Companies: #activision-blizzard #blizzard

Blizzard has quietly confirmed rumours that the company will be looking to add in paid-for character customisation to World of Warcraft in the future.

Rumours that the company was investigating using such a system first arose when wily coders looked into the beta files for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion to World of Warcraft and found mention of 'Paid Character Customisation', but Blizzard refused to respond to questions until now.

When pressed about the issue at a press conference WoWs Production Director J. Allen Brack first refused to respond to the issue, but Warcry were soon able to wear him down.

Brack eventually confirmed that, yes, Blizzard was actively investigating the idea of paid-for character customisation in World of Warcraft - a system that would basically allow players to buy items like clothes for their characters by using real money. Brack then returned to the issue a few minutes later and said that he could definitely confirm that World of Warcraft would feature paid-for customisation in the future, though no timeline was given and the company was still working out the details.

Brack later went on to talk about a few other important issues for WoW, such as whether or not players will be able to loot Frostmourne, the Lich King's sword (unlikely) and whether or not Arthas would actually die at the end (not sure yet).

Is paid-for customisation a good way of offering players what they want, or just another tool for Blizzard to exploit the market? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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