So, apparently, that one bit of additional recustomization they would never ever allow will now be allowed. For what is, no doubt, a modest fee. I’m going to assume for the rest of this post that this means cross-faction race changes for real-life money – if this is some sort of RP-derived allow-you-t0-betray-your-faction questline, or something, that’s actually kind of awesome. But I doubt it.
I generally try to restrain my You-Kids-Get-Off-My-Lawn impulses when things change. And heck, it’s not like I’m actually all that much of an old-timer – I didn’t really experience vanilla WoW, which I regret. Dropping the Dreadsteed questline, well, I got over it, after a short tip of the hat to an awesome questline. Times move on, and all that.
Still, this is, I think, the ultimate example of the fact that no we’re-not-planning-that-for-a-lot-of-good-reasons excuses from Blizzard will hold up if money is to be made. There were a ton of good reasons for the restrictions on PvE to PvP server transfers, and no really good ones, except people wanted to level without getting ganked, so they could then go gank others. Blizzard reversed themselves, and allowed it (for a modest fee, of course). Cosmetic character recustomization? My inner RP nerd was annoyed, but the part of me that rolled my first priest (in the days pre-barber-shop) and ended up deleting him because I wasn’t feeling a human male priest who, with his hair and beard, looked 80 (years, not levels), but had the hybrid bodybuilder-ape physique of the male WoW human, was pleased. If I had more disposable income, I might very well have employed it by now on my paladin, who I’ve always half-wished I’d made female (it’s my inner Buffy fan, I love tough women as heroes, plus, as I mentioned, male WoW humans look moronic). But there are no real solid reasons for allowing it, and it’s a pretty major deviation from what a character used to mean (in a way that, say, an in-game haircut isn’t). But, a modest fee could be charged, so Blizzard allowed it.
My current predictions: (a) we will, within a year, be able to “buy” level 55 characters of all classes, once we’ve “unlocked” it on our account, (b) we will, within a year, be buying vanity pets and mounts directly from Blizzard for real money, and (c) we will, by the time the life-cycle of the next expansion ends, be able to buy gold directly from Blizzard. Naturally, no plans exist to do this now. Naturally, there are all kinds of reasons why this is a bridge too far. But you see, somebody out there wants it. And there will be a modest fee involved. And that will make it all right.
EDITED TO ADD: Spinks says what I’m thinking, but more coherently.