Blizzard on Battle.Net: We’ll never block “the full game experience” with charges

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 06:45 GMT


Speaking to Joystiq, Blizzard’s Rob Pardo has clarified comments made at BlizzCon over the weekend about seeking to “monetize” the new version of Battle.Net, assuring that charges will only be made for optional extras, and never for core game elements.

“With Battle.Net we’re definitely looking at possible different features that we might be able to do for additional money,” he said.

“We’re not talking about Hellgate or anything like that. We’re not going to tack things on. I think World of Warcraft is a great example to look at. We charge people if they want to switch servers or if they want name changes, things that aren’t core to the game experience, they’re really just optional things that some people want.

“It takes us some development work to do it, so it makes sense to charge for it. We would never do something like say to get the full game experience, you’ll have to pay extra.”

The new Battle.Net will launch alongside StarCraft II, or the first part of it at least.

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