When Shadowlands arrives this fall, changing your World of Warcraft character’s gender will no longer cost you real money.
Blizzard has revealed that World of Warcraft‘s Appearance Change, which is currently a store item that costs $15, won’t exist after the launch of Shadowlands.
Appearance Change is currently the only way to change your character’s gender. Unlike other features like hair and face, it’s the only one that costs money. With the arrival of Shadowlands, Blizzard is adding gender change to the list of things you can tweak at a barber shop.
“A long time ago, we had the ability for players to go in – it was actually a paid service – and change their character. Much of that is now in the barber shop in the game,” executive producer John Hight told Eurogamer.
“And as we were adding things up in Shadowlands, we realised, ‘Gosh the only way you can change your gender in World of Warcraft is to go through this paid service.’ And we felt like that’s not the right message.”
The Shadowlands beta kicks off next week, with the full expansion set to launch later this fall.