Blizzard is still opposed to the idea of a free-to-play World of Warcraft.
With SOE's DC Universe going free to play last year, Everquest going free to play earlier this year and Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic quickly following suit, it seems like Blizzard's World of Warcraft is part of a dying trend. Despite an increasingly large number of MMORPGs going free to play, it seems like Blizzard isn't quite ready to give up on its subscription model.
In an interview with ComputerandVideoGames, Blizzard's lead game producer John Lagrave said World of Warcraft won't be going free beyond level 20 anytime soon. "You know, we looked at it lots, we looked at whether Level 20 would give you a good sense of what our game is, and we think it does. There's also a lot of things in the game that are special that we want to reserve for our paying customers."
Even though there's an expansion on the horizon upping the level cap to 90, Lagrave says Blizzard won't be offering any new perks to its Free-till-level 20 trial. With a rapidly decreasing player base, some may question the reasoning behind the move, but everything may change once Blizzard releases its highly secretive "Titan" project.
To read the whole interview, head on over to the CVG article here.