World of Warcraft’s New Microtransactions Are Greedier Than Ever
The troubles never end with Activision Blizzard, as the latest microtransactions for World of Warcraft continue to raise people’s ire. World of Warcraft already had quite a few greedy microtransactions but somehow managed to make it worse, according to long-time WoW streamer Asmongold. In a recent stream, Asmongold took a look at the latest gear set and then a microtransaction cosmetic set you can purchase for World of Warcraft, and to say he was pleased was an understatement. It’s perfectly understandable to see the frustration, as well.
“A F**king Reskin” – Asmongold
WoW’s developers, Activision Blizzard, have been in the limelight nonstop as of late. This is due to the various lawsuits and the companies’ response to Bobby Kotick’s latest allegations. Asmongold recently talked about that, but this time, he focused on the microtransactions and thinks they’re incredibly bad for the game at large.
Asmongold took shots at the current armor sets and how they won’t be as pretty as the real-money microtransactions in World of Warcraft. “Taking a look at his previous comments on the situation, and looking at new items in the game’s store, he said: “So, the reason why it’s bad is that the sets in the game will end up not looking as good as the sets that are put in the store. And I think that you can make an argument that, ‘I like this set (Eternity’s End) over this set (purchasable transmog).’ But you know what you can’t make an argument for? That this set was not more well designed, and this set was not more unique, and that this set did not have more effort put into it.”
The worse part is that he’s right. Sure, you might like the current designs of the raid gear in WoW, but it isn’t half as well designed as the “Celestial Observer’s Ensemble,” available in the in-game real-money shop. It even has unique 3D assets, something these current sets of gear lack – the ones you earn in-game.
If there’s one thing Asmongold and I agree on, it’s this. These microtransactions are bad for World of Warcraft. The microtransactions for the game started innocuous enough. You could race-change, name-change, things like that. Then we got level boosts for $60 right now. That is outrageous. Asmongold continued to talk about these World of Warcraft microtransactions. “The thing is, if people want to buy this stuff nowadays, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter anymore. There are so many problems with the game, who gives a f**k man… I’ve pretty much lost this battle with the player base. I’ve tried for years to convince the player base that these things are bad for the game, they refuse to listen to me. And now we get things like this and people will still come up with excuses for it.”
Some people might point the finger at Final Fantasy XIV, as it also has a real-money shop. Yes, it also has boosts in it, but the costs are much lower since it is only one class at a time. A major difference is that the glamours/skins in the shops are typically the same quality you find in the game. It doesn’t feel like they’re forcing you to buy them to look good. We aren’t saying that the Final Fantasy XIV money shop is okay, but it’s significantly less predatory than WoW’s. When the skins for real money look better than what you can get in-game, it’s just another problem to throw on the pile.