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Talk Azeroth with Olivia: Support and the Store, Play with the Blues Event
2013/08/06 at 11:07 AM
Play With the Blues Event
Today from 2-4pm PST, Blizzard Devs and Community Managers will be hosting a
"Play with the Blues"
event on the PTR! They'll be testing out the
, an exciting zone filled with rare spawns, BoA epics, and tons of vanity loot!
Not sure where to start? Check out our
coverage--we've been having a blast tracking down all the hidden details on the island:
BoA Items, World Bosses, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Rare Spawns
Celestial Tournament and Sky Lantern Updates
Talk Azeroth: Episode 9
Transmoggable and New Vanity Items Coming to Blizzard Store
2013/07/12 at 6:59 PM
Cosmetic items are coming to the Blizzard Store--BoA gear that you can transmog, regardless of your armor type! They'll work just like
Griftah's Authentic Troll Shoes
in being transmoggable over any cloth, leather, mail, or plate item for that slot.
The items coming to the Blizzard Store do
give players any meaningful stat boosts--it's just for fashion. In addition, the Blizzard Store items have unique looks, so you won't be able to finish up any existing
from the store.
Click on the images below to view the new helms and their special effects in our 3D modelviewer!
Crown of Eternal Winter
is a spooky frosty helm, that periodically glows ice-blue and covers your face with a skull!
Jewel of the Firelord
is a fiery helm with blazing horns.
Hood of Hungering Darkness
is a red and black hood that plunges your face into darkness and leaves a plume of red smoke.
In addition, new vanity items are being added!
Iron Hitching Post (UNUSED)
are on their way!
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Talk Azeroth with Olivia - Episode 6: In-Game Store
2013/07/12 at 11:09 AM
This week on Talk Azeroth, Olivia tackles the hottest topic of the moment: in-game microtransactions. But first, she gives the viewer a very short French lesson -- the translation is directly after the intro -- and it's on with the show.
Olivia starts off by looking at the datamined item itself: the
Enduring Elixir of Wisdom
. Looking at
Bashiok's forum post
, she wonders whether it's really something that would qualify as pay-to-win, and considers that there are already similar items available within the game. She then takes a look at the mechanical side of an in-game store itself, and points out how it might affect players' immersion and in-game experience, as well as pointing out ways in which it might be made to work.
Then it's on to the meat of the problem: what is suitable for a cash shop and what isn't. Olivia would love your input on just exactly what you think is OK and what's not. She looks briefly at the psychology of it before hypothesizing about just what might come of the store in the future, and how the player base might react.
Last up, it's two viewer questions! If yo
In-Game Store Details, Experience Buff Coming to Asian Regions
2013/07/09 at 8:15 AM
Bashiok confirmed some speculation about an in-game store coming soon: the experience buff
Enduring Elixir of Wisdom
is planned to go live on Asian regions at the outset. There will also be a way to get Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
Asian servers, due to their unique hourly subscription model, have already gotten some changes in the past. Earlier in MoP, KR servers
no longer shared raid lockouts on 10s and 25s, and 25-player loot was changed to be of a higher ilvl
In addition, it's implied that the in-game store would also sell items like the Pet Store pets and mounts as a long-term goal.
Thanks for all the feedback so far, everyone. We’re still pretty early in the exploration process, but we did want to go into more detail about our rationale for introducing an in-game store, as well as provide some insight into what you might ultimately see available there.
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 ev
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