Blizzard's just announced that World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic is launching on June 1, and we've received a few details about it. Having outlined the rollout schedule, many players have also expressed their anger at the current Character Cloning plans.
While Classic comes as a free addition for any existing WoW subscribers, Blizzard's outlined new microtransactions. You can read more here, and they stated: "WoW Classic Players will choose whether to progress each of their characters to Burning Crusade Classic with the rest of their realm, or continue playing the original WoW Classic content on brand-new Classic Era realms also launching that day. Players who wish to experience the best of both worlds will be able to use the optional character cloning service"
World of Warcraft Classic Players Are Unhappy About Blizzard's Character Cloning Fee
Update - Blizzard has reduced the cost of the character clone to $15 USD.
So, what's the problem here? It'll cost you $35, and many fans have sharply criticised this structure as being particularly steep. Adding further to this, Blizzard also charging $39.99 for a Dark Portal Pass, and those boost one character to level 58. Furthermore, a Deluxe Edition was also outlined at $69.99, bringing players that Pass alongside a 30 day WoW subscription, new mounts, and several extras.
While none of these purchases are mandatory, it's left a bitter taste in the mouths of many long-term fans. However, this current strategy appears to be working for Blizzard, who reported increased profits this week despite dropping million of players. As of yet, there's been no official response to this latest controversy.