Is Wow Classic Free – Should World of Warcraft Classic Era be F2P?

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘World of Warcraft Classic Era Should Be Free to Play!’ by All-Trades Jack

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World of Warcraft’s free trial is not favorable for new players, but a free-to-play Classic Era realm could attract and engage potential paying customers.

Key Insights

  • The current free trial in World of Warcraft is considered a terrible new player experience.
  • The free trial used to be worthwhile, but it no longer offers a good amount of relevant gameplay.
  • The negative stigma around free-to-play games has diminished as games like Genshin Impact, Fortnite, League of Legends, etc., have shown that free-to-play models can be successful.
  • World of Warcraft is no longer as popular as it used to be, and the player base is aging.
  • The launch of World of Warcraft Classic brought back players and showed the potential for nostalgia-driven gameplay.
  • World of Warcraft needs a good free trial to attract new players and allow them to experience the game.
  • Classic Era realms in World of Warcraft Classic would be the best option for a free trial due to its low population and simplicity.
  • Classic Era Realms could benefit from an influx of players, and the free trial would give new players a taste of the game's content.
  • Free-to-play players could also be potential paying customers for Classic or Retail WoW.
  • Introducing a free-to-play Classic Era realm may lead to botting issues and could force Season of Mastery to offer something unique.
  • Implementing a free-to-play Classic Era realm would be a learning experience for Blizzard and have minimal impact on other game modes.
  • Despite its flaws, Classic Era has something that keeps bringing people back to the game, allowing players to experience the history and nostalgia of WoW.

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Transcript

Title: World of Warcraft: The Need for a Better Free Trial

I recently made a video covering WoW’s current free trial in depth, and for the most part, everyone agreed that it was a pretty terrible new player experience.

If you don’t know much about WoW’s free trial or just didn’t know there was one, I personally think you should watch my other video first, but as a quick summary, you can play World of Warcraft for free up to level 20 with heavy restrictions on what you can interact with.

After making that video, I thought about something I said about how the free trial used to be worthwhile because back in vanilla to maybe Cataclysm, leveling to 20 was actually a good amount of relevant gameplay.

I actually used the 7 day free trial card that my cousin got for buying the Burning Crusade expansion, and that got me hooked for 15 years. So trust me, having a good free trial works.

Then while I was thinking about how things used to be, a couple of you beautiful viewers messaged me and left comments on the video asking, well what if Classic was made to be free to play? And it made me think, wait, is it finally time?

I’m sure there have been plenty of moments in WoW’s history where gamers have whispered amongst themselves, the game is dying, don’t you think Blizzard should make it free to play? It’s definitely never been the popular opinion in the past, but I’m sure I’ve heard it before.

In the past, this statement never really held much weight. The almighty WoW, king of the MMORPGs, would never lower itself to the status of free to play.

Back in the early days of MMOs, there was a lot of negativity around the term free to play. Free to play games flooded the market, but were commonly seen as lower quality and a devious ploy to get people into the cash shop.

And of course, WoW players would never think of their game that way. The negative stigma around free to play is still alive today, but it just so happens that free to play game devs have figured out that they stand to make much more money if the game is actually good, even if the monetization is somewhat predatory.

These days, some of the most popular games of all time are free to play. Genshin Impact, Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter Strike, Apex Legends, Path of Exile, Overwatch, Destiny, Warframe, Diablo, Mortal, Lost Ark, Neverwinter. These games are all free to play and instead contain different microtransactions to varying degrees of success, some amounting to revenue in the millions.

No longer are free to play games seen as the shitty money grab, even though some games definitely still are. Now they can rival and outshine the best of paid gaming in both quality and revenue. But I guarantee you that the stigma is still there.

Now here’s the problem we face today. World of Warcraft is no longer the titan it used to be. The dedicated player base that pushed the game to terrifying heights back in 2008 are now 15 years older. We’re in a different part of our lives, have more responsibilities, and some of us have left the game to live normal, boring, adult lives.

The point I’m trying to make is that World of Warcraft is starting to show the age of its player base, not to mention how many people have left over the years due to the decreasing popularity of the actual gameplay.

We have no way to see subscriber counts, that is true. But no matter what the numbers are now, eventually it will drop if Blizzard doesn’t focus on allowing new players to join and enjoy the game.

Wait, you know what got a bunch of people back in a while? It wasn’t that long ago, I’m sure you’ll remember. The launch of Classic. In a time where the game was getting some terrible feedback on the Battle for Azeroth expansion, they launched World of Warcraft Classic and broke records.

A journey back in time to the way things used to be. The charm of a true MMORPG, all its flaws extremely apparent, but loving the experience in spite of them. This was a gaming phenomenon and it led to some of the best personal memories I’ve had with the game and the best content creators I’ve had the pleasure of watching.

At the time, everyone knew what Classic was going to be, nostalgia, but what I don’t think a lot of

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘World of Warcraft Classic Era Should Be Free to Play!’ by All-Trades Jack