Warlords of Draenor Price Hike: Understandable or Insanity?

The newest World of Warcraft expansion; Warlords of Draenor, will cost more than ever before. Is this price jump understandable or total insanity?

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The anticipation leading up the
revealing of a new World of Warcraft can be pretty intense. However,
it is nothing when compared with the excitement that buzzes through
the community after it is actually announced. Warlords of Draenor is
a prime example of this.

Since it's reveal at BlizzCon 2013,
players have been hanging on the edge of their seats for some hint of
a release date. Every tidbit of news is analyzed over and over again,
until every last detail has been taken in. Then the waiting game for
Blizzard to toss us another tiny breadcrumb begins anew.

This week, fans of the game were
delivered more than just a breadcrumb. In fact, it may even be
considered a whole loaf of bread, or at least an entire piece (not
the crust either). Blizzard finally has made Warlords of Draenor
available for pre-sale, something that should bring joy to the entire
World of Warcraft community. However, this big news has been met with
disappointment and sometimes downright anger from fans thanks to one
tiny detail; the price.

Warlords of Draenor Price Increase

When Warlords of Draenor first went up
for pre-sale, most players were too delirious with joy to really
notice anything amiss. A pre-sale means that we are one step
to getting a new expansion for World of Warcraft and that is almost
always a cause for celebration. Then, after looking over things a bit
more, cold hard reality finally set in.

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There is something surprisingly
different about Warlords of Draenor. It's not the characters, the
art, or even the game play. No, the difference is is that this
expansion is more expensive than any other World of Warcraft
expansion before it. As things stand currently, the standard edition
will run players $49.99 USD, ten dollars more than previous

Understandable or Total Insanity?

Reactions to this price increase have
easily covered both good and bad extremes, as well as much of the in
between territories. Some are of the opinion that ten dollars isn't
such a big deal. Really, it's not a lot of cash and it certainly
won't break the bank. For others, with more limited incomes, this ten
dollar jump is a huge deal. In fact, it may mean the difference
between them purchasing a copy of Warlords of Dreanor or going
without the newest expansion.

Of course, it stands to reason that the
price increase is due to the rising costs of creating games. Just
like any other industry, the cost of creating games has been going up
for years. I suppose most of us should have expected a price increase
to be incoming, however, prices have stayed pretty much the same.
Warlords of Draenor seems to be one of the first games to come out
and have such an obvious price jump.

Even with a potential motive behind
this price increase, I still can't decide if I should be totally
understanding or join the crowd who believe this is total insanity. I
am lucky in the fact that ten dollars is a pretty meager sum to me. I
won't have any trouble coming up with the funds to buy my expansion
pack. With that being said, I am still pretty unhappy with having to
shell out the extra funds, especially considering our household
purchases two copies of every expansion.

Despite the fact that I can personally
afford the expansion, I find myself distinctly upset with the fact
that this price increase may make Warlords of Draenor totally
unobtainable for some players. While ten dollars has never seemed
like a huge amount of money to me, for some people it really is. It
also makes me wonder where these price increases will end. Will games
skyrocket in price so that only the elite can afford to purchase

Bigger Price = Bigger Expansion?

The only way I can see a potential for
things to be made right here is for Blizzard to offer more bang for
our buck. What I'm talking about is a bigger, better, more
interactive expansion than we have ever seen before. More zones, more
quests, more of everything. This way players feel like the extra
money was well spent, that they got their monies worth, even if they
had to scrap the bottom of their piggy bank to afford it.

Don't Forget the Subscription Fee

I know some will roll their eyes at
this notion and write it off as crazy talk. Warlords of Draenor, for
World of Warcraft fans, is probably going to be the most enjoyable
game we play. It doesn't matter if we try out any of the other new
games set to release, we will always find ourselves drawn back to
World of Warcraft.

So shouldn't we just fork out the funds
and shut up? I think not. No matter how much we love it, we can't
forget that World of Warcraft is still charging us a monthly
subscription fee. This is happening in a world where free-to-play is
becoming the new norm. So with that in mind, this price hike suddenly
becomes more of a big deal.

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With Blizzard raking in 14.99 a month
(and sometimes more) from each player, plus the proceeds from the
various expansion packs, they can't be hurting for cash. So why the
price increase? Is it greed or something else? I don't have the
answers to that, but I do know one thing: every player should be
concerned, even those who can afford the price increase. With shop
buttons appearing in game and a paid for level 90 boost in the works,
things could quickly spirial out of control. World of Warcraft could
become a real life gold sink.

With all that being said, I will still
be purcashing the expansion. World of Warcraft is what I do, my
favorite game of all time. I won't be missing out on this particular
expansion. However, I will be voicing my rather negative opinion
about the price increase, with many others in the WoW community, in
the hopes Blizzard will get the message.If expansion prices do keep
spiking, the subscription fee stays the same, and the amount of
content doesn't match the price, then I may consider throwing in the
towel when it comes to World of Warcraft.

What do you think about the hike in
price for Warlords of Draenor? Does this price jump affect your
actually buying the game? Do you think more increased prices will be
seen in the future? Share your thoughts with us in the comments
section below!

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