In the wake of several high-profile games adopting a Free-To-Play model, Blizzard have completely restructured their World Of Warcraft trial subscriptions level to allow players enjoy some of the higher level benefits of their seminal MMO. However, there are several major restrictions, and we have the full details below.
Blizzard's support FAQ has the full details on the new "Starter Accounts," which essentially lets new players create an unlimited number of characters up to level 20. Previous trial accounts have been reactivated and revamped.
Naturally though, the Starter Account is incredibly restrictive, especially in terms of social interactions. Here's the full list:
- 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.
After reaching level 20 (if you don't lose interest due to the inability to join parties or guilds), characters can continue playing but won't earn any extra XP. Players can then upgrade to the full account including the Burning Crusade expansion pack for a discounted price - and normal subcribers who don't own Burning Crusade will soon receive it free of charge.
Will this be the move that tips you into World Of Warcraft once and for all? Or has Blizzard's ship finally sailed? Have your say in the comments!