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World of Warcraft Character Boost to Level 90 to Cost $60, Warlords of Draenor Expansion Coming in Fall 2014

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is shipping this fall.

Last month when Blizzard released patch 5.4.7 for World of Warcraft, a number of players briefly spied a glimpse of an upcoming service that allows players to avoid all the level grinding a take the fast track to level 90. That service has finally arrived, and will cost a hefty $60, which is more expensive than the standard edition of Warlords of Draenor that's arriving this Fall.

"There comes a time in every hero’s quest when they need a little boost to help get them over the hump and back into the action. With a Level 90 Character Boost, you can grant one character a one-time boost to level 90. Bring your hero up to speed and join the fight on the front lines," states the product page.

To upgrade, purchase a character boost from the in-game shop. After that, return to the character select screen and click on the Character Boost token. Next, follow the on-screen prompts to boost the character and select custom options; characters level 60 and above will also receive a skill level boost to their primary professions. This new level 90 character will be outfitted in level-appropriate gear.

The upcoming expansion pack Warlords of Draenor increases the level cap to 100. The expansion also provides one free level 90 character boost to be used once players pre-purchase the expansion. That means players can create a Level 1 character just for the expansion, and then use the upgrade to bypass all the level grinding.

"That's a little different from the plan we laid out at BlizzCon, but based on the feedback, it's obvious that many of you would like the chance to get acquainted with a new class before heading into the expansion," Blizzard's blog stated in January. "This will also give more players the opportunity to experience the current end-game content and the events leading up to Garrosh's exodus to Draenor."

The World of Warcraft team also said last month that they heard feedback from players that they'd be interested in boosting multiple characters to 90, including alts they play with friends on other factions and realms.

News of the level up option for $60 arrives as Blizzard announced the release window for Warlords of Draenor: Fall 2014. The game will arrive in a Standard Edition (physical and digital) for $49.99, and as a Digital Deluxe Edition for $69.99. In addition to the game, this Deluxe edition will also provide a Dread Raven Mount and Dred Hatchling Pet, Warchief portraits for StarCraft II and a Warsong pennant for Diablo III.

The expansion pack will also be available in a retail exclusive Collector's Edition. This $89.99 bundle will have the digital bonuses from the Digital Deluxe  Edition, a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of Draenor mouse pad.

"We’re sending players deep into uncharted territory with Warlords of Draenor," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "New features like the Garrison will give players a commanding role in the Warcraft saga like never before, and everyone can get in on the action right away with the included level-90 boost. There’s never been a better time to go to war for the Horde or the Alliance."

For more information about the upcoming expansion pack, head here.

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    eklipz330 , March 10, 2014 7:54 PM
    god they are going to make so much money out of this. and then wow will just wither away. i think this is their attempt at making one last quick buck.
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    SpicPeso , March 10, 2014 7:58 PM
    <Offensive language removed by moderator> Blizzard...

    <<Moderator warning: Let's watch the language in the forums>>
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    Nilo BP , March 10, 2014 8:27 PM
    Well, on the bright side, now that people who don't like leveling can pay to skip it, maybe they'll make it interesting again. I can dream, right?
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    hotroderx , March 10, 2014 8:52 PM
    this was a terrible idea and completely ruined the game for me. I still enjoyed World of Warcraft but this is just a straight no holds bar'ed cash grab
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    bebangs , March 10, 2014 10:17 PM
    Now we understand why blizzard dont want you to pay chinese farmers for these. Pay them instead.
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    edogawa , March 10, 2014 10:28 PM
    I bet those Wow power levelers are going to be screwed.

    I had several 80s in WoW, but I stopped playing at the end of Wrath, the game really went down hill, I liked the game most during Vanilla and TBC. WoW isn't really worth playing anymore in my opinion, probably a way to make cash before it goes down further subscription wise.
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    wildkitten , March 10, 2014 10:38 PM
    Activision Blizzard announces the latest in cash shop goodness....BUY A HERO TO FIGHT FOR YOU!!!That's right, do you miss Turalyon or Alleria or any of the old Warcraft hero's we have completely ignored in World of Warcraft? Well now you can pay us only $500 and you can have your favorite lore NPC fight for you while you sit back and do NOTHING BUT WATCH! That's right, you no longer have to actually play the game at all!
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    xiinc37 , March 10, 2014 11:18 PM
    I thought this game stopped being relevant in like... 2008 or something.
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    Darkk , March 10, 2014 11:41 PM
    What are you guys complaining about? It's the player's choice to rapid level for $60. They won't really enjoy the character due to instant gratification. They will get bored and leave. More room for other players.
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    edogawa , March 10, 2014 11:56 PM
    What are you guys complaining about? It's the player's choice to rapid level for $60. They won't really enjoy the character due to instant gratification. They will get bored and leave. More room for other players.

    There is one good side to this, if you want to get alts up immediately then it would be great.
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    voreo , March 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    I rather have blizzard sell character levels than a scammer do so
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    prudhvirazz , March 11, 2014 1:27 AM
    Fall release could be the biggest mistake. If WOD doesn't meet our high expectations, then it will be a disaster.
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    cats_Paw , March 11, 2014 2:23 AM
    Id love to be able to describe with words how idiotic this move is in the long run for Blizzard as a company, but unfortunatelly there are no words in elvish, orcish, common or ENT languages to express my dissapointment.I assume activision screwed up Blizzard far more than i Expected.
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    aule 10 , March 11, 2014 2:25 AM
    I am pusled how in the world they get 20/12/2014 become in the fall. yes it does say it can come out early, but since when have blizzard been able to get it out before the early release date?
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    Zeh , March 11, 2014 4:08 AM
    "Garrosh Hellscream has escaped to the past and united with his father Grommash, fierce leader of Warsong clan. Together they are forging the orc clans of Draenor into a savage war machine."Why can't I take this seriously? It looks like aprils fools already!
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    lostgamer_03 , March 11, 2014 4:09 AM
    This is a feature with both pros and cons. It really helps those, who just wants to join there friends which have always been playing. Also, if someone always have wanted a specific character to play with at these lvls, but really can't find the time to get that character to lvl 90. However it's unfair for the people who have used years climbing a character to lvl 90 and struggling to get the appropiate gear. I believe it could go both ways for Blizzard and the amount of players.
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    InvalidError , March 11, 2014 4:34 AM
    However it's unfair for the people who have used years climbing a character to lvl 90 and struggling to get the appropiate gear.

    With every expansion, Blizzard makes leveling through earlier content easier with more buffed account-bound gear, XP requirement adjustments, mob XP adjustments, mob HP/armor adjustments so players can kill them quicker, quest adjustments so they can be turned in quicker, etc.

    With every expansion, your shiny uber-purples from the past expansion endgame 25-man raids instantaneously become worthless with stats barely exceeding the first greens you pick up in the new quest zones.

    Basically, Blizzard has already been wiping the table on endgame players with every expansion.
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    pbrigido , March 11, 2014 5:40 AM
    For players who are still into this game, getting immediately to 90 isn't a bad thing. When the game first came out, hitting 60 was a big deal, and when the first epics started rolling in, that was even bigger. I don't think many players would prefer to grind to 60 in Classic, then start an even longer process of getting to max level.
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    natoco , March 11, 2014 6:23 AM
    If you started playing now, you have missed so much content it becomes annoying as you level through it so fast and things that took 25 people take 2 shots to kill. At least straight to 90 for new and most likely 2 professions maxed to 600 for older players that have lvl 60 chars, has its appeal. Love it or hate it, its still the most played mmo with no dodgy in game adds or pay to win ability like a lot of the new stuff being created.
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    PepitoTV , March 11, 2014 7:36 AM
    I love how for the last, what, four or five years, every announcement Blizzard does about WoW instantly becomes "the end of the game" and, here we are, with the game still being one of the most played (only second to LoL now I guess...) and making Blizzard huge amounts of cash. People talks as if Blizzard didn't knew what they're doing, of course they do, they're a business and a damn good one on what they do.
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