They've confirmed items like the 100% XP buff is only for the asian realms which use a completely different sub method and a pretty different game all around. The asian market likes these items, and they know that the US market doesn't. The US in-game store will be charity mounts and pets, expansion upgrades, and the rest of the stuff you can buy on already battle.net. They are just making it more convenient.
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 everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system.
First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved—including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more—your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.
Ultimately it’s still too early in the process to make any final determinations about our plans, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll check out the in-game store once it’s implemented on the PTR and let us know what you think.
Originally Posted by hawker
Everything comes to an end! So does the greatest MMO ever made!
I stopped playing last year, after 7 years of playing. It just lacks the feel that it had in vanilla and Burning Crusade.
You'll be back. Everyone goes through that period of "i'm not playing this game again, it's lacks that feeling." Your just burnt from the game, you'll get the craving soon enough!
Originally Posted by fateswarm
Sounds like they will close the shop. They may release Titan and just auto-transfer everyone there.
Fans often deny it but the game is unmanageable to a new user. With all the conveniences of multi-expansion packages, the game still seems a mountain of expansions to most new users.
A fresh start is needed. No expansions, no conveniences with multi-expansions, a plain one single game.
And that may be Titan.
The more they go with this mountain of expansions the more new users will think that game is not for them, but only for the old hard core users.
I wouldn't be surprised if the average age has reached around 28 at the moment.
The game regularly goes on sale, and you can buy the battle chest with the 2 remaining expansions for about $25 during that time. Not to mention, It's faster/easier to get to 90 now than it was to get to 60 at the game's launch. They've streamlined the leveling system and you have a lot of choices and zones to choose from when leveling at any given level.
The people I raid with are 21-35, but that's by choice, we still get many apps ages 13-17 (and they get declined..), and there's a lot of 18-21 year olds playing.Edited by Murlocke - 7/9/13 at 5:47am