World of Warcraft – Warlords of Draenor Price Increase: Is it Justified?
Note: I will only be talking about the price increase for the basic WoW expansion, but the collector’s edition is also likely to be increased by $10.00.
Prior to the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion set, all other the expansions for World of Warcraft have been within the $39.99 range, excluding collector’s edition, which I would still get anyway. It has been at this price for quite a long time, and I feel like it has been long overdue for a price increase.
Activision Blizzard is a company that focuses on getting the most revenue out of the products they produce. Their past expansions of Warcraft has given us a ton of content for a relatively cheap price. Many people would counter that statement by saying Blizzard still charges an additional monthly fee on top of the purchase for each expansion. I think this fee is fair because I believe that it is necessary to run the game smoothly and continuing content, even after the expansion’s original content has run dry.
I found support for this belief earlier in the week. I am a very big Blizzard games fan and supporter, and I have played all of their current games as well as many older ones. This week was the release of Diablo 3’s new expansion set, Reaper of Souls, which is a spectacular game, but also comes at the cost of $39.99. I finished playing through the story content, and I have tried out many other features of the game. I felt like a very satisfied gamer. The price of Diablo’s expansion seemed very reasonable to me.
Yet when I compare the Diablo 3 expansion set to World of Warcraft’s expansion set, I cannot fathom that they are equivalent in price, yet differ so much in the content that is offered. Many players play Diablo 3 over and over through multiple levels and challenges, but this same content could last for months, if not a full year before another new expansion is introduced. In contrast, World of Warcraft costs the same price, but it offers more content that kept most of its player-base happy until the next new patch. Diablo 3 does not offer that flow of content, neither in game-play nor story. This can also apply to many other video games that are released or will be released. None of these games will offer hundreds upon hundreds of hours of playability, nor provide the support of massive content after the game is released, like World of Warcraft and its expansions can.
For Warlords of Draenor, we can expect to have the normal amount of content as prior releases, and perhaps even more with the housing, and an inclusive level 90 boost.
So now that World of Warcraft’s expansion price has gone up, I think it is very much justifiable for Blizzard. It also means that they have to manage and increase the time in which new patches are released, rather than a constant flow of content until the last patch hits, and then another full year of the same raid over and over until a new expansion is released.
So if you still think about Blizzard’s increase of the new World of Warcraft expansion as an unjustified price hike, go to your local video game shop and look at all the games they offer. Think about whether or not you would spend your money on an expansion set, or a game that costs an average of $59.99, which does not have nearly as much game-play time, or any of the other perks that Warcraft has to offer.
For me, I am and always will be a gamer at heart, so I will always look for new and fun games to play, but no matter what I find, I will always be playing World of Warcraft.
Game safe and sound all!
Full Disclosure: I am a very big Blizzard game fan, but also a very big gamer in other aspects. I have not been paid to say anything I post. All games I have reviewed or talked about are purchased by me unless otherwise written or stated.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – I will have a review of that game out, hopefully, later this week. Please look forward to that. Spoiler: Very fun game!
I am a gamer in many mediums, as long as games are released I would love to review them.