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Blizzard Releases Race Changer for WoW

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 47 comments

Now you can change things up for just $25.

After putting countless hours into World of Warcraft, some players may be tired of their characters. Instead of starting over again just for a change, Blizzard is now offering a paid race changing service. For just $25, you can change your race as long as you stay in your faction of Alliance or Horde.

Mind you, this is different from the Faction Change service, which costs $30. The following details com from Blizzard's Race Change FAQ:

What is the Race Change service?
Our Race Change service is designed to allow existing characters the opportunity to change their designated race while staying in their existing faction (Alliance or Horde).

Can I use the Race Change service to change factions?
No, faction changes are handled separately through our Faction Change service. For more information, visit the Faction Change FAQ.

How do I begin the Race Change process?
To begin the Race Change process, please visit the Account Management page, select the Race Change option, and carefully follow the instructions provided.

How much does this service cost?
Each Race Change costs $25.00 USD (not including applicable taxes). This covers a single Race Change for a single character.

Change your race right here.

Tell us, WoW players, are you changing your race?

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    Ciuy , October 29, 2009 9:08 PM
    wow news = sad
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    n3ard3ath , October 29, 2009 9:11 PM
    Pay for this, pay for that. Now that's what I call money well spent...Anyway, can't be angry at them. If someone is stupid enough to pay 30$ for that, he deserves to loose it. Too bad those types of people just don't die from starvation after spending all their money on such things.
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    mavroxur , October 29, 2009 9:33 PM
    You'd think as much money as blizzard rakes in (15 bucks a month x 12 million subscribers) they could maybe...i dunno....include some services for free with your monthly fee. Or here's an idea, maybe include 30 days of play time when you buy an expansion. Nope. Squeeze every dollar you can out of everyone you can.
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  • 22 Hide
    Ciuy , October 29, 2009 9:08 PM
    wow news = sad
  • 14 Hide
    n3ard3ath , October 29, 2009 9:11 PM
    Pay for this, pay for that. Now that's what I call money well spent...Anyway, can't be angry at them. If someone is stupid enough to pay 30$ for that, he deserves to loose it. Too bad those types of people just don't die from starvation after spending all their money on such things.
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    ssalim , October 29, 2009 9:30 PM
    Why would it incur a tax fee??
  • 10 Hide
    mavroxur , October 29, 2009 9:33 PM
    You'd think as much money as blizzard rakes in (15 bucks a month x 12 million subscribers) they could maybe...i dunno....include some services for free with your monthly fee. Or here's an idea, maybe include 30 days of play time when you buy an expansion. Nope. Squeeze every dollar you can out of everyone you can.
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    fulle , October 29, 2009 9:38 PM
    Gah, to counter this unnecessary WoW news, I guess I'll advertise for another game... to balance out this annoying Blizzard promotion.

    Steam has a 50% off sale on The Witcher Enhanced Edition running through the end of the day today (10/29).

    OK. I feel better now.
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    IzzyCraft , October 29, 2009 9:42 PM
    Changed race does it matter i mean you look like an ugly shit unless you play as human which then you still look ugly but then it's not on purpose usually.

    For 25 bucks they should let me change my class screw it if my weapons and stuff wont work well with it better then grinding for 2 months to get to what is the level cap now 70? 80?
  • 5 Hide
    crisisavatar , October 29, 2009 9:54 PM
    25 bucks for a race change, I mean really ...
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    rodney_ws , October 29, 2009 9:55 PM
    The sad thing about that Witcher sale on Steam was that I had just ordered the non-enhanced version the day before from Amazon for $14 with the intention of downloading the enhanced updates once it arrived. I'd have rather bought it on Steam for $20 :/ 
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    ichbinyogi , October 29, 2009 9:58 PM
    Its to bad this game has steadily gotten worse since Beta. I was really excited about WoW when I first was beta testing, being a big warcraft fan. WTF is WoW anymore it sure as hell isnt Warcraft
  • 4 Hide
    IronRyan21 , October 29, 2009 10:09 PM
    Blizzard is turning into skynet, surely but slowly........... Now where the F**K is Starcraft 2?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , October 29, 2009 10:32 PM
    I love haters lol...

    Its simple you don't have to pay for it. I think they charge to keep it to a minimum. Otherwise you would have retards changing their race/name/faction/sex every freaking day.
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    blasterth , October 29, 2009 10:36 PM
    25$ for a click nice done Blizzard
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    JonathanDeane , October 29, 2009 10:58 PM
    I switched over to DDO its mostly free (you pay for stuff if you want too but there is no monthly free) So far I like it.

    I just got so bored with WoW.

    To me this service is sort of "meh" It would not have affected me one way or another. Some people might do it but I would not have.
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    WiSatman , October 29, 2009 11:05 PM
    Damn it, I bought the Witcher about two weeks ago for $39.99 at Best Buy... lame. Also, they could make it have a cool down for changing their characters, say once a month. Anyway Bliz loves $$$, why do you think it's taking so long for Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 to come out. They have so much money from WOW, they probably could of hired enough developers to make those games in like a week.
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    sinclaj1 , October 29, 2009 11:36 PM
    This fee isn't just to make money from the service, it probably also functions as a limiter to keep it to those serious enough to do it. Usually it would also serve to keep the frequency of changes down as well but I'm guessing that it has the same 3-day time limit as faction changes.
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    h83r , October 30, 2009 12:05 AM
    I think it's a great deal! I mean, Michael Jackson paid way more than $25
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    Master Exon , October 30, 2009 12:32 AM
    RADIO_ACTIVEI love haters lol...Its simple you don't have to pay for it. I think they charge to keep it to a minimum.

    $25 is fucking insane. $5 max for a service so trivially pointless.

    No, seriously. $25 to change race? Are you kidding? I had a friend 3 months ago try to convince me that blizzard wasn't a cash-cow!
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    lejay , October 30, 2009 1:14 AM
    crisisavatar25 bucks for a race change, I mean really ...

    Well... It's still cheaper than what Michael Jackson had to pay.

    ... Too early?
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    grant_77 , October 30, 2009 1:28 AM
    Why is everyone complaining about the cost of change? Someone on the other end has to work to get the job done. Ensure that your information isn't lost.

    If you make $20 an hour, and it takes you you 200+ hours to go from level 1-80 (plus other time leveling your professions or farming on your main to pay for it).

    It makes sense to charge, if it was free everyone would do it, the servers would crash, and every pvp would have the same race/faction. By charging they ensure some variety of characters by an individuals socioeconomic evaluation of their opportunity cost to do so.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_cost
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    gekko668 , October 30, 2009 1:33 AM
    I think wow is becoming a bit like a cash shop
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