Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the World of Warcraft, one of the top-selling MMO-RPG games in the world, will be downloadable and playable for free. The free-to-play version is only good for a portion of the introductory content of the game.
This program is a way for Blizzard to get new players for its online game. If the players want to get past the first 20 levels, they have to buy the three expansion packs in addition to the original.
World of Warcraft players can reach the maximum level 85, so the game’s free content is only a small portion of the full game. There is also large amounts of ‘end-game’ content, where additional rewards are given to players who reached level 85.
Blizzard’s World of Warcraft boasts more than 11 million subscribers and the company still makes tons of money selling the game’s initial copies and its expansion packs. It has become one of Blizzard’s main source of revenue.
The following are the limitations for the Starter Edition, as posted on Blizzard’s website:
- A level cap of 20.
- A maximum of 10 gold.
- Trade skills are capped at 100 ranks.
- Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
- In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only say, party, or whisper.
- Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
- Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters’ friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
- Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
- Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.
- Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
- Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
- Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers
- RealID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.
via: Tom’s hardware