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WoW not going free-to-play

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With World of Warcraft continuing to hemorrhage users, people thought they might have to move away from the subscription model. Sure, they’re still the biggest MMORPG with 7.6 million subscribers, but they have to change their model to survive, right? Well, no.

WoW production director, J Allen Brack, insisted that going free-to-play isn’t even on the table at the moment:

We didn’t make the game to be free-to-play. We would have to rework the game pretty significantly in order to make it free-to-play. It’s not something we’re currently considering.

WoW is currently free-to-play for the first 20 levels – it was only natural to assume that meant it would eventually go the rest of the way. However, instead of worrying about changing payment models, Blizzard has announced another expansion: Warlords of Draenor. Here is the announcement video:

Warlords of Draenor lets players use a time travel mechanic to visit Draenor circa Warcraft 1-3 and lets the player instantly level a single character to 90 in a bid to lure lapsed players back into the game. Considering that the last expansion saw WoW lose a ton of subscribers, I’m not sure that this one will have the opposite effect.

Last Updated: November 11, 2013

99 Comments

  1. Otto_ki

    November 11, 2013 at 13:37

    Tosh should be happy to hear that I am 2 weeks WOW clean…but that new expansion is tempting me nicely XD

    Reply

    • That Dark Twit

      November 11, 2013 at 13:38

      I have not played in 3 years. >.<

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 11, 2013 at 13:39

        I win! I never played WOW!

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        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 13:44

          To be fair, it used to be awesome.

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:46

            I believe many people lost their souls and lives by playing WOW… Some lost their wives and girl friends too..

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:46

            That wasn’t WoW’s fault, that was the addiction.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:47

            Same as drugs…. just a different name.

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:49

            Drugs are inherently addictive, WoW isn’t. If it was, then why is it so easy to quit, and never have withdrawals?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:53

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:55

            LOL. Believe me, the PC wouldn’t stand a chance if that was me.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:56

            Neither me… I would play after PLAYTIME!

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:57

            Fuck that (teehee), I can go for an all-nighter, and don’t need the PC to do so.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:57

            I sense it has been awhile…. lol

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:58

            Hi my name is Tosh, and I’m a Nympho. THERE I SAID IT!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 14:00

            How I could mock you right now…but I wont.

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:01

            I should probably start taking pics of the girls I been with. All mocking would cease….

            Nah, more important things to do.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 14:07

            All talk….

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:08

            Not at night man. Not at night. πŸ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 14:09

            Does dolly come out the closet?

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:11

            You have some weird fantasies dude. I’d have that looked at. Professionally.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 11, 2013 at 14:03

            Yeah, it was pretty awesome… for a while. I liked the Cataclysm expansion, because it finally allowed me to fly all over Azeroth with my FREAKING DRAGON, but I still think it came too late. Lich King was their weakest expac. Wasting awesome characters like Arthas (and previously Illidan) in a MMO should be a damn gaming sin.

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:03

            Illidan was epic enough that we still ran that raid in Cata. Just for fun.

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:04

            Now you just kind of SOLO it with a DK πŸ˜›

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:07

            If there’s one thing GW2 has going for it, it’s not making older content obsolete by level. WoW could take a few books out of their encyclopedia.

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:11

            Opened up GW2 again last night…for 5 min had it from BETA and still can not for the live of me get into this game. And im really trying

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:13

            Its really different. I’ve stopped playing, but that’s more because I’m kinda burned out of MMO’s in general. The trick for GW2 is to get a good guild going, and get your character to a min of lvl 30. That’s when it really starts opening up. It gets better the more lvl 80’s you have as well. Don’t ask, its a very alt friendly game.

            Unless you’re looking to equip them all with Legendaries.

          • Tarisma

            November 11, 2013 at 14:15

            Problem with GW2 I find is its too “casual” if that is an acceptable term. Its super fun to play but it I kinda feel that if I am not grinding for a legendary you’re not really going forward.

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:15

            They’re shaking things up a bit though with the new content. The bosses and dungeons are getting harder. In fact my server (WSR) Still hasn’t downed the new Tequatl. I had to guest to get the achi’s done.

          • Tarisma

            November 11, 2013 at 14:17

            YA im on DESO so its nice and full but I think my problem is none of my friends play so I kinda feel “lonely” the guild I’m in is great but I don’t have time to dedicate myself properly so I will always remain a stranger

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:18

            Ah Deso, how I guest at thee. πŸ˜€

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:15

            Well December is around the corner, will try my best for lvl 30 and see how it go’s

          • Tarisma

            November 11, 2013 at 14:16

            If your character was around at launch they should of had their birthday already giving them a scroll to auto level a character to 20.

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:16

            Well of too Google! thx for the tip

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:17

            At least you don’t have to pay to resub. Just patch up and play. Also, it’ll be a large patch.

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:18

            Did the patch yesterday so im good to go, now i just have to choose between ranger and warrior

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:18

            Ranger. Warrior I found boring as all hell.

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:20

            Shal take your word for it πŸ˜› Got all classes in WOW up to lvl 90 so grinding levels aint gonna be new

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:22

            Eh, GW2 isn’t so grindy. Appreciate the beautiful world, and take your time. You can’t “outlevel” a zone, so if you’re having fun, just keep having fun.

          • Tarisma

            November 11, 2013 at 14:19

            me too

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 11, 2013 at 14:31

            Same here, I just can’t handle the grinding any more. One of the reasons why GTA Online is bumming me out is because MMOs killed my ability to do simple and repetitive tasks for hours at an end.

            :/

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 11, 2013 at 14:30

            What can’t you solo with a DK πŸ˜› Although, I haven’t played in ages since they nerfed my warrior and my warlock into submission.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 11, 2013 at 14:29

            Clearly, you were prepared! πŸ˜›

        • That Dark Twit

          November 11, 2013 at 13:50

          My wife misses it more than I do… πŸ˜›

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          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:51

            That’s cause men need sex more than women. πŸ˜›

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 13:52

            If only that was not true…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 11, 2013 at 13:54

            If it makes you feel better we can argue the difference between need & want?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:54

            oh yeah I forgot the #foreverSP

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 13:54

            There we go! Trevor always sees the light at the end of the tunnel

        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          November 11, 2013 at 13:58

          Same here

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    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2013 at 13:44

      Don’t do it man! Resist the urge! Good on you for 2 weeks though. I’m here for you man. πŸ˜€

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 11, 2013 at 13:45

      GO BACK!! They miss you!

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      • ToshZA

        November 11, 2013 at 13:45

        NO!!!! BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK TANYA!!!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 11, 2013 at 13:46

          I will NOT!! I am not a rock spider!

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:46

            Clutchplate then. Alright BACK UNDER YOUR ENGINE!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:48

            But its hot under there..

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 13:54

            No excuses Mr. We all have to do things in life we dont want to. Like dishes.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:55

            Dishes are easy!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 11, 2013 at 13:57

            … wait for it …

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 13:59

            Wait for….IT

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 13:59

            His mama!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 11, 2013 at 14:01

            Not as easy as your mom!

          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 14:01

            This Post is now officially derailed XD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 11, 2013 at 14:02

            Someone had to do it, I even waited πŸ˜‰

      • Otto_ki

        November 11, 2013 at 13:49

        Not gonna go back…So much backlog games and next gen on top of us. Need to embrace the future!

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        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 13:49

          This singular upvote counts for 10. For the record.

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          • Otto_ki

            November 11, 2013 at 13:51

            XD

        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 11, 2013 at 13:50

          hehehe you are a wise man. You broke the curse of WOW.

          Reply

  2. That Dark Twit

    November 11, 2013 at 13:37

    Pity, I enjoyed playing WoW.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2013 at 13:39

    WoW they are so stupid

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 11, 2013 at 13:40

      WOW was a great game, Still could be if they started with something new… Just showing it’s age alot now.

      Reply

      • Tarisma

        November 11, 2013 at 14:13

        And it should it is like 8 years old. There needs to be a massive injection of new into the MMO market, GW2 was a step in the right direction, but it was only a step. Hopefully we’re in for a surprise in the coming years.

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        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 14:14

          Yes, I hope so as well. MMO’s need to reinvent themselves. Totally. Like a celebrity makeover.

          Reply

          • Tarisma

            November 11, 2013 at 14:27

            Harcore MMO would be awesome hard to die but death is death

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 15:19

            Well, most traditional F2P MMO’s are kinda like that. GRIND for days to get a level, and you die once, that’s like 2 days work gone.

    • Otto_ki

      November 11, 2013 at 13:42

      True, the 60 day game time is now at R314…that is getting a tad much for an 8 year old game. But this months non WOW is gonna pay for my Battlefield 4 Premium πŸ˜›

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      • Hammersteyn

        November 11, 2013 at 13:51

        Nice

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    • Tarisma

      November 11, 2013 at 14:11

      They are correct in this going FTP for WoW at the moment would be a massive financial mistake not to mention a death sentence to the game, Maybe they need to consolidate some realms but I hardly think they need to pack it all in.

      Reply

  4. CodeName Tailgunner

    November 11, 2013 at 13:46

    Worst argument ever: “I can’t stop WOWing now, I have put so much time into it. If I stop it will all be wasted.”

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2013 at 13:48

      As the great Sheldon Cooper once said “It’s almost as if this has all been a huge waste of time!”

      Reply

      • CodeName Tailgunner

        November 11, 2013 at 14:00

        Cannot stop now must collect another 35 spider’s eggs

        Kiss another 10 toads

        Run another 2 hours through the next place where I have almost no chance of getting the one thing that I really want, hoping that no-one else wants that same thing when it finally shows up.

        Reply

  5. Umar Moe Moe

    November 11, 2013 at 13:51

    Do you know what is free….Prayer… please spare a moment to pray for Justin’s stomach so that he can stop having the runnies #StayStrongJustin

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 11, 2013 at 13:52

      #MoreFibreLessCrackJustin

      Reply

      • Umar Moe Moe

        November 11, 2013 at 13:53

        He should fall in love with All Bran Flakes, Maybe then he will sound less constipated. Even better would be weet bix

        Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 11, 2013 at 13:57

      Let him shit blood for all I care!

      Reply

      • Umar Moe Moe

        November 11, 2013 at 13:57

        How dare you!!!!

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        • Kensei Seraph

          November 11, 2013 at 14:01

          Yes how dare you.
          The poor environment.

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 14:02

            Think of the children!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 11, 2013 at 14:11

            I wish MJ was alive to have his way with him.. Make him a real boy!

  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    November 11, 2013 at 14:01

    As much as I love the Panderan, I couldn’t be bothered to re-sub. At the time, I was happily playing Guild Wars 2, and I just couldn’t see myself grinding to 90. Come to think of it, I honestly don’t see anything getting me to resub. Free-to-play would have gotten me back temporarily, but I’ve outgrown World of Warcraft. In fact, I think I might have outgrown Blizzard all together. They’re just no longer the creative force that curled my toes.

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    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2013 at 14:02

      Try Hearthstone man. Its epic fun. Pure Blizz Joy.

      Also keen to try Heroes of the Storm.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        November 11, 2013 at 14:36

        Nah. I think it also has to do with the people playing it. I’m all for gamers and stuff, but they nerd it up pretty bad. Taking it to real life with their role plays. That is a nerd level I can’t tolerate. And they comment as such in-game as well. I just want to give them a banana slap and tell them to come out of mommy’s basement.

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        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 15:18

          Best part of Hearthstone? You never have to listen to the creative ways your mother apparently spends her evening. You never have to say a word to your opponent. Just kick his/her ass, or receive that ass kicking in return. No other BS involved.

          Reply

      • Johan du Preez

        November 11, 2013 at 15:13

        Its difficult to play heartstone if you already play magic the gathering πŸ™‚ It looks like packman in comparison.

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        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 15:16

          I play both, and enjoy both. M:TG is far more in depth, and is a longer, more tactical game. It’s also less exciting. Think of it as the GT of card games. Hearthstone is less in depth and more about getting you in the action, now. Games can turn around in a second, and its fast paced. It’s the NFS of the card games.

          They are different, even though they both fall under the CCG genre.

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    • Tarisma

      November 11, 2013 at 14:09

      Feel the same, I think I’m coming to the end of my GW2 days also, MMO’s were fun for me while they lasted but I cannot commit to the massive time sink that they require. I think I’m going to sit them out from now on.

      My Blizzard account was hacked maybe 6 months ago also, not sure what happened haven’t even bothered to sort it out yet, and I think it will remain that way unless project Titan is something AMAZING, like SAO amazing it will stay that way.

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    • Johan du Preez

      November 11, 2013 at 15:14

      +1

      Reply

  7. Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

    November 11, 2013 at 14:03

    Well, it seems as though I will baording the TESO train and leaving WoW once and for all

    Reply

  8. InsanityFlea

    November 11, 2013 at 14:38

    Wow is dead to me, same crap, bad online community. No thanks. Guild wars 2 rocks my boat. (it’s much cheaper in the long run too!)

    Reply

  9. That Dark Twit

    November 11, 2013 at 19:37

    Must play GW2 again. Bet I have a lot of updates to download now.

    Reply

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