Blizzard has confirmed that they will be adding a micro transaction store to World of Warcraft, as was previously rumored.
They intend to initially release this new addition to the game in Asian regions, which will give players the option of purchasing “convenience orientated” items such as an EXP buff for easier levelling.
Bashiok, a long time Blizzard community manager, explained that while the functionality was “pretty early in the exploration process” the long term goal of the studio is to have the store available in all regions, so players can easily purchase in game items without ever having to leave the game.
Bashiok explained: “For players who are already interested in the in-game items we offer, such as Pet Store pets and mounts, the benefits of an in-game store are pretty clear. We think everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system.
“First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
“We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved-including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more-your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.
“Ultimately it’s still too early in the process to make any final determinations about our plans, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll check out the in-game store once it’s implemented on the PTR and let us know what you think.”