Blizzard has given us a sneak peek for its World of Warcraft plans for 2015, including an expansion, improvements to Garrisons, and more focus on eSports. However, it appears that they are also considering adding tradable game-time tokens.
While this is not set in stone, a game such as EVE Online has been doing this system for years with its “Plex” which is an in-game item that will add 30 days of game time to your account. The best part is that you don’t need to pay for it with cold hard cash but you can purchase it off the broker with your in-game currency.
This makes it easy to add a real-money loss system to the game where battles can cost thousands of dollars worth in USD.
Blizzard made a statement on its forums stating that:
We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold. Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to cover some of their subscription cost, while giving players who might have less play time an option for acquiring gold from other players through a legit and secure system. A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW. We agree it could be a good fit for the game, and we look forward to any feedback you have as we continue to look into this feature. – Blizzard
This is a good change to the MMO considering it has a declining player base, and in times where free to play games are starting to dominate this can help bring in more players, so long as they have the gold.