This week Blizzard released patch 5.4.7 for World of Warcraft. With it a number of players also caught a brief glimpse of an upcoming service by Blizzard that allows players to immediately boost their characters to level 90. That's the current level cap for World of Warcraft players.
As previously reported, 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. The boosted character will also receive a level-appropriate set of gear along with some other assistance.
"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."
That said, the "retail" instant level up purchase will obviously be for subscribers who have more than one character. Maybe they want to play more than one character in the upcoming expansion, or perhaps they just want to bypass all the level grinding and play World of Warcraft without the expansion.
"We've also 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," Blizzard's blog stated. "We've been evaluating ways to make that possible without having players go through roundabout methods (such as purchasing multiple boxes and performing multiple character transfers)."
So how much will it cost to buy a Level 90 boost? $60 USD each character. That's a bit steep, and hopeful players speculate that the price tag may be just a placeholder given that Blizzard hasn't officially announced the level boost service. Still, a cheaper price could mean a huge flood of Level 90 characters that have avoided the traditional level grind, which Blizzard may not want.