World of Warcraft free-to-play not moving past level 20

Blizzard has no plans to update the free-to-play cap with further expansions

Blizzard Entertainment has told CVG that it will not be raising the free-to-play cap of level 20 for World of Warcraft. The game has seen a decline in subscribers down to around 9 million currently. Despite this, lead game producer John Lagrave said that the free-to-play is staying where it currently is.

"We looked at whether Level 20 would give you a good sense of what our game is, and we think it does. We've definitely slid some of the pay-for features into the first 20 Levels," said Lagrave when asked about raising the free-to-play cap.

"But there's also a lot of things in the game that are special that we want to reserve for our paying customers."

The company is releasing its new Mists of Pandaria expansion on September 15, 2012.

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Latest comments (2)

JT QA, Rockstar Lincoln4 years ago
Why would they change it, they still have 9 million paid subs. Wait until they drop a further few million to around 5 or less. I'm sure they will reconsider then.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
Exactly Jay. They'll probably go true F2P someday... but we're many millions of lost subscribers away from that moment. That said, with Guild Wars 2 about to drop they may find they lose those subscribers faster than they'd like.
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