World of Warcraft’s new wings have the community in an uproar

    
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World of Warcraft’s new wings have the community in an uproar

Hey look at that, Blizzard is running another promotion to try to lure players into enlisting for a six-month tour in World of Warcraft. What’s the shiny incentive this time? Another mount? No… it’s wings.

Oh.

Oh no.

The wings-deprived community kicked back, hard, at the sight of this transmog set that’s locked behind a six-month subscription (Edited: Apparently, you can buy it separately from the sub for $20; Blizzard is just promoting it as an additional six-month sub perk). Nevermind that wings used to be an April Fools Day joke from the company, some people really, really want them — and they really, really resent having to pay a huge chunk of money up front to become a butterfly. Then again, it’s become fodder for a lot of great memes, so perhaps the pain is worth it?

In other WoW news, Blizzard recently levied indefinite bans to a couple of its top-ranking PvP players due to mouthing off a little too much on videos. A third high-ranked PvP player received a one-year ban from the scene due to his “account not being in good standing.” Just file this post under “this is why we can’t have nice things.” Twice.

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Robert Savala Jr

Well I was thinking of getting this then I looked at my account and they had gifted it to me. I had signed up for the 6 month gnome mechanical dragon mount 2 months ago and instead of having to do another 6 months, I got both for the price of one, that’s awesome.

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texyFX

another brilliant marketing 2.0 lesson: there is no negative PR, if placed adequately.
some love it and many more love to hate it, the escalating debacle infects the neutral, more passive part of the community:
keep the feed (t)rolling, cuz its free, user generated PR.

over and over again Blizzney reigns supreme in AAA PR, no company in the industry achieves a comparable range of representation and engagement (aka attention).

water to w(h)ine… Blizzney has millions of spambots, spreading the word, WoW became a cult, much more than simply a pop-cultural phenomena, its already a religion: believe!

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Dobablo

So far I have seen.
1. People trashing Blizzard for putting a bad cosmetic item on the cash shop.
2. People trashing Blizzard for putting a new cosmetic item behind a subscription bonus.
3. People trashing Blizzard because it isn’t a boat.
4. People trashing Blizzard because this is the only item with permanent wings (Until the imminent Shadowlands expansion opens).

Blizzard should just give up.

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Rick Mills

I think I could work in some sort of role-playing into this… it would have to involve some sort of hallucinogen.

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angrakhan

So just FYI, I had purchased a six month sub a couple of months ago now and they still gave me the wings. I guess if you’re currently in the middle of a six month sub you qualify.

That being said I would never in a million years actually trasmog those stupid looking things on any of my characters, so it’s a bit of a waste on me.

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Robert Savala Jr

I did the same to get the gnome dragon mount and logged in and got this as a bonus. I literally don’t know anyone that’s upset about this transmog. So no the community is not in an uproar.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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tony quinn

OMG just have to laugh…. Wings wuahahahahahahahahaha shove them. Toxic behavior, maybe you should take a look in the mirror Blizzard.

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Cyorie

I remember the stories about people getting kicked from groups left and right for those headpieces when they put them into the shop.
Sadly I don’t think the community is going to be quite as opposed to buying transmog this time.

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agemyth 😩

I love those fey dragon things so this transmog set directly appeals to me.

Would it be better if this were a cool drop or quest reward in-game? Of course. Here on planet Earth though we believe profits should grow infinitely so bullshit in monetization is inevitable for a corporate entity like Actiblizz.

Really though this is pretty tame compared to just about every other game out there.

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Sorenthaz

Oh so it’s just a stupid cosmetic set and not actual wings that let you fly or such. Meh. Don’t care then. This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to sell some cosmetic stuff and the other cosmetics didn’t catch on very well either.