Recently, NA and EU players got a new Wrath of the Lich King Classic survey from Blizzard that details level boosting, mounts, pets, and toys. The survey, revealed by the Wowhead forums, is an attempt to understand what their player audience is willing to shell out over their purchasable bundles, and in my opinion, it really defeats the "Classic" experience.
The "Classic" form of World of Warcraft is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for most MMORPG players today, but regrettably, much of its charm has died because the discovery of the game is all but complete for the past expansions. Blizzard is going strong despite that fact, though. The survey asks players about what they find appealing, whether they're interested in character transfers, mounts from Modern WoW being usable in Classic, and if they'd like a Death Knight level booster.
Following those questions, they highlight two purchasable options players can choose from: one starting at $49.99 and the latter being $29.99. The highest-priced package comes with a new toy and the one-time character and Death Knight level boost. The other option includes a giftable one-time character level boost, character transfer, pet companion, 30-day game time, and new transferable mounts between Modern and Classic WoW. While the last option seems appealing, I can't help but think that the higher price point will attract more eyes because WoW boosting in Classic is normal.
Back to my opening point, the survey defeats the "Classic" experience. Why boost through the nostalgia, the journey of gaining levels until you're raiding potential? In my eyes, the survey comes off cash grabby because you're just a button away to shoot up to level 68 when the point of Classic WoW is to re-experience what made it an icon. If the survey is any indicator, it's likely to stay the same regardless of player input, with the highest option rewarding a quick ticket to the top.
You can view the survey on Wowhead here!
Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.
About the Author
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.
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