World of Warcraft Now Free to Level 20
Blizzard has just announced it has replaced it’s 14-day free trial with World of Warcraft Starter Edition which will allow everyone to play for free up to level 20, after which you can upgrade to a paid account without losing any progress. The Starter Edition is quite limited, besides to the level cap you also have the following restrictions:

  • A level cap of 20.
  • A maximum of 10 gold.
  • Trade skills are capped at 100 ranks.
  • Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
  • In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only say, party, or whisper.
  • Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
  • Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters’ friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
  • Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
  • Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.
  • Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
  • Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
  • Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers
  • RealID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.

While these restrictions are understandable, it would be nice to see them trimmed down a little, so you can experience more of what the game has to offer. Expired trial account are being reactivated so assuming you didn’t reach level 20, remember your username and never upgrade to a paid account you can go back and use that.

Blizzard isn’t the first to adopt this model but you gotta wonder if this is a sign WoW is starting to struggle under the on-slot of good Free to Play titles or if this is a test case for moving WoW to a hybrid model in the next couple years. I guess time will tell. For more information regarding World of Warcraft Starter Edition click here.

What do you guys think of this new model vs the old 14-day model?

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