MMO-Champion - New Stuff Coming to the Pet Store!
New Stuff Coming to the Pet Store!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve got some new stuff coming to the Pet Store, and we wanted to give everyone a quick sneak peek. Obviously, the Pet Store has been the place where we sell pets and mounts, but we’ve come up with some new types of cosmetic goodies, including some fun new little toys and Transmogrifiables.

First up: a trio of cosmetic helms for Transmogrification. ( Jewel of the Firelord, Hood of Hungering Darkness, and Crown of Eternal Winter) When Transmog went into the game, people immediately started talking about the possibility of just buying armor looks. So we’re going ahead and forging a few helms and seeing how they fit. They don’t have any stats, they’re just for looks, and you can use them to change the appearance of the helms for any characters of any class or race (they work with all armor types). They’re great for spicing up a Transmog set—or replacing a tier head piece you hate the looks of. No need to check that ‘Hide Helm’ box any longer!




Here are a few images, but keep in mind that these are all special-effecty and animated in a really cool way. You may have even seen these models pop up on Wowhead or MMO-Champion earlier this year.

We’re also trying out something else new. A lot of people have liked the kinds of fun, limited-use items you can get from the WoW TCG—so we’re taking that idea to the Pet Store. Soon you’ll be able to snag two fun new little toys: the Seesaw and Iron Hitching Post!

You can jump on the Seesaw with a party member and relive the childhood glee of trying to slam your friend into the ground . . . or you can have a big ogre named Lunk launch them into the air. Really, though, you’ll probably just look super cute gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. D’awwwww.


True story: Worgen are exactly the same weight as Ogres.

The Iron Hitching Post is a little different: It’s an item you set down that allows you and up to 24 of your closest raiding cohorts to each jump on your own new unearthly Iron Warhorse mount. You can use it for smaller parties too, and it’s also great for Battlegrounds. Imagine the look on your opponents’ faces when they see a unified front of ghost horses galloping toward them . . . just to ruin everything and capture Snowfall Graveyard. (STOP IT!)




Hyah ghost-steed! Later I’ll feed you some ghost-oats in the ghost-barn.

We don’t have specific release dates for any of these items yet, but you can expect to see them show up in the Pet Store in the near future.

Let us know what you think, and what other kinds of fun and cosmetic items you might like to see in the Pet Store in the comments below!
This article was originally published in forum thread: New Stuff Coming to the Pet Store! started by chaud View original post
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  1. Immitis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hipnos14 View Post
    Well, more things for the art team to waste time with, wonderful, I'm getting sick of this crap.

    The funny thing is that they have the valor to say in the forums that there is no time to do new models...
    comparing optional helmets that if someone doesnt like they can just say meh and use something else

    models everyone has to deal with and if they dont like it could ruin the game for people and are under immense pressure to get right and take months of time to do and perfect

    totally the same thing
  1. theycallmenannerpuss's Avatar
    The helms are cool, but I rarely have show helm on, so I won't buy them.

    Mount is cool, but since it's a transformation item, I won't buy that either. Seesaw I won't buy because just from the screenshot it looks like it clips hardcore. However, I probably would have bought the XP flask to level all of the 85+ characters I have. Oh well. Yay for saving money!
  1. genai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Netherspark View Post
    And you don't think that should be included in the the monthly subscription fee you're already paying?
    they already are... you are(and would be) paying for EXTRA... so game has 20% this, 30% this... 10% this, whatever the numbers... now, if you enjoy being special and looks matter to you more than what is already in game, you can pay for extra... now, if someone wants extra lore etc, they can already pay extra for novels and stuff

    nothing wrong in that... i might like look of the gear in game and will never buy items for their looks... someone might not like it, and he can pay for alternative, or you think they should make items in every expansion have 5 different looks to satisfy everyone? no... for subscription you get "default" set of quests, items, looks, pets... now if you want to focus more on some of those areas, pay for it... having 20 alternative looks by default in game would be stupid, since it would be wasted on majority of players...

    not everyone want sub woofers in their car, or body kit... so they are optional extras you pay for...
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Moooooooooooooooooooooooo.
  1. ZenX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by skatyer View Post
    I hope that they'll implement a way to acquire these models in-game somehow or it will be completely unfair, even if it will not affect combat..Subscription + buying unique armor models for transmogrification from the Blizz store is a complete rip off..Especially for a game with out-dated graphics + combat mechanisms + questing. I know the fact: "you're not required to play if you don't like it", but Blizz is making a very bold move from their side with this action that might lead to mass subscriber complaints.. What follows next? Selling unique spells, instant level to 90 or selling unique achievements?
    Why would anyone buy achievements?
  1. Netherspark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Immitis View Post
    id like it. but anything they put on the cash store would need to be the highest quality for people to spend money on them which means if there were a questline in there it would have top quality voice acting, cutscenes, cool events, and all that. normally in wow quests only have voice acting if they are very important or near the end of the storyline since most people skip them they cant afford to spend money on voice acting on every quest.
    I see it being very wrong to exlude people for not being willing to pay extra for something they're already paying for.

    It's not the idea of a cash shop I oppose, it's cash shop on top of sub fees that I oppose.
  1. Ravyn727's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Netherspark View Post
    Some people don't enjoy just staring at numbers... Cosmetics and aesthetics help to create immersion and setting, which makes playing the game more enjoyable.

    Cosmetics are just important as stats.
    And you have cosmetic Items that you can access via playing World of Warcraft, without every having to spend $$$ to buy cosmetic items from the Blizzard store. If you wanted too, you could (Choose) to spend $$$ in the Blizzard store and buy cosmetic items to use in World of Warcraft, but it's not mandatory. It won't harm your gaming experience if you (Choose) not too.

    You have a choice, now if Blizzard were to add items that were mandatory in order to progress through the game, or items that clearly gives one player an advantage over another player then that would be cause for alarm. As it stands right now, it's cosmetic items, items that players have a choice to buy if they want to and it has no affect on any one else's game play what so ever.

    If I'm running around in World of Warcraft with one of those helms, it doesn't stop any one from playing the game, it doesn't force players to have to spend money on a cosmetic helm like I did in order to progress through the game. Sure, players may stop and look at me, maybe send me a whisper asking me where I got that helmet from, but that's it. If someone wants to spend some $$$ and buy one they can, if not oh well, the game will go on.

    Now If this leads into Blizzard at some point down the road charging a Subscription fee, plus requiring players to also spend $$$ for things like content, then I would probably have an issue with that. It's not my money, and I'm sure as hell not going to bitch at someone because they have some extra cash and wish to spend it on a video game for cosmetic items.
  1. PenguinChan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Netherspark View Post
    It's not the idea of a cash shop I oppose, it's cash shop on top of sub fees that I oppose.
    Just curious about what's wrong with a cash shop intended to just sell cosmetic items. Blizzard has been selling cosmetic mounts and pets for years, and now suddenly gear due to transmogrification. TCG has been around forever and before mounts and pets, and you have to get lucky. I understand it opens avenues for future exploitation of cash only content (Not cosmetics), but at the bare bones just cosmetics; is it really that bad? We've had as players the option to pay more money for cosmetics, it just wasn't in the form of a cash shop.
  1. SkismoID's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by genai View Post
    they already are... you are(and would be) paying for EXTRA... so game has 20% this, 30% this... 10% this, whatever the numbers... now, if you enjoy being special and looks matter to you more than what is already in game, you can pay for extra... now, if someone wants extra lore etc, they can already pay extra for novels and stuff

    nothing wrong in that... i might like look of the gear in game and will never buy items for their looks... someone might not like it, and he can pay for alternative, or you think they should make items in every expansion have 5 different looks to satisfy everyone? no... for subscription you get "default" set of quests, items, looks, pets... now if you want to focus more on some of those areas, pay for it... having 20 alternative looks by default in game would be stupid, since it would be wasted on majority of players...

    not everyone want sub woofers in their car, or body kit... so they are optional extras you pay for...
    I agree on this, but they could also make them available (through various time consuming means) in-game, so you can choose to pay in order to avoid the the time consuming grind for the particular look, mount, etc..This would make more sense and would satisfy everyone..
  1. mpphelps's Avatar
    This is lame. How about they give us an option to earn it in game.
  1. ZenX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hipnos14 View Post
    Well, more things for the art team to waste time with, wonderful, I'm getting sick of this crap.

    The funny thing is that they have the valor to say in the forums that there is no time to do new models...
    Do you ever heard of anything such as an application lifecycle or product pipeline?

    For an artist, what they present in the store are really pet projects compared to the gargantuan task of creating new models. Furthermore, you can change pets but will you be able to change the look of your model as considering the mixed views we get for the tier pieces that can be changed in the looks, think how would be the outrage and dissatisfaction if unchangeable character models were to be introduced into the game.
  1. scvd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeluron Lightsong View Post
    You do realize this cosmetic right? This isn't going to hurt anything.
    I never implied this was pay to win, it's the same as mounts & pets. Eventually these items will look better than anything in game, because they will get additional income at ease. I bet they are even weighing up the pay to win option, the race for world firsts will become a matter of wallet size.
  1. PenguinChan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mpphelps View Post
    This is lame. How about they give us an option to earn it in game.
    Might be like the little cub that's put on for sale in the AH. Bind on Account when used, but able to be traded and sold on the AH before its use. That's what I imagine could happen, or not.
  1. Hipnos14's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Immitis View Post
    comparing optional helmets that if someone doesnt like they can just say meh and use something else

    models everyone has to deal with and if they dont like it could ruin the game for people and are under immense pressure to get right and take months of time to do and perfect

    totally the same thing
    One person working on one thing instead on other thing, simple as that.

    Oh, and I wasn't talking about the new models for the old races, I was talking just in general.
  1. ZenX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by skatyer View Post
    I agree on this, but they could also make them available (through various time consuming means) in-game, so you can choose to pay in order to avoid the the time consuming grind for the particular look, mount, etc..This would make more sense and would satisfy everyone..
    Then you would easily be categorizing those items in a pay-to-win status. Why?

    You either have to run 10 dungeons to earn it or just pay $10 to get it? How does it sound when put like this?
  1. rogueMatthias's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by genai View Post
    they already are... you are(and would be) paying for EXTRA... so game has 20% this, 30% this... 10% this, whatever the numbers... now, if you enjoy being special and looks matter to you more than what is already in game, you can pay for extra... now, if someone wants extra lore etc, they can already pay extra for novels and stuff

    nothing wrong in that... i might like look of the gear in game and will never buy items for their looks... someone might not like it, and he can pay for alternative, or you think they should make items in every expansion have 5 different looks to satisfy everyone? no... for subscription you get "default" set of quests, items, looks, pets... now if you want to focus more on some of those areas, pay for it... having 20 alternative looks by default in game would be stupid, since it would be wasted on majority of players...

    not everyone want sub woofers in their car, or body kit... so they are optional extras you pay for...
    But we have already paid for the "car" and are paying an active subscription. In your own example, if you paid for a car, and then paid an active subscription to be able to get all of the extra options that you could want updated, sub woofers, body kit etc, then then having to pay extra on top of that for the newest coolest body kit etc just makes the subscription redundant.
  1. Magemaer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Viscoe View Post
    I'm extremely unhappy with this upcoming implementation.

    Cash shops feel so seedy and weird, I always thought of them as reserved for shittier games.
    I agree 100%. It seems like Blizzard is trying so hard to cement WoW as a shitty game. I mean, Cata and MoP were already B quality products, their PR staff is getting more retarded by the day, lore is looking like a 13 years old fanfic, and now they're selling boosts, mount and good-looks.
    Please, stop.
  1. SkismoID's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZenX View Post
    Why would anyone buy achievements?
    Why not? Think if Blizz made available old vanilla, BC, WotLK, Cataclysm achievements (along with their rewards, mounts, titles) through the store, wouldn't you be interested?
  1. Netherspark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PenguinChan View Post
    Just curious about what's wrong with a cash shop intended to just sell cosmetic items. Blizzard has been selling cosmetic mounts and pets for years, and now suddenly gear due to transmogrification. TCG has been around forever and before mounts and pets, and you have to get lucky. I understand it opens avenues for future exploitation of cash only content (Not cosmetics), but at the bare bones just cosmetics; is it really that bad? We've had as players the option to pay more money for cosmetics, it just wasn't in the form of a cash shop.
    I never said I liked the pet store either. TCG items (mounts and pets at least) can be obtained completely ingame for gold.

    I don't understand how people consider cosmetic things to not be actual "content"..
  1. neanoa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ravyn727 View Post
    And you have cosmetic Items that you can access via playing World of Warcraft, without every having to spend $$$ to buy cosmetic items from the Blizzard store. If you wanted too, you could (Choose) to spend $$$ in the Blizzard store and buy cosmetic items to use in World of Warcraft, but it's not mandatory. It won't harm your gaming experience if you (Choose) not too.

    You have a choice, now if Blizzard were to add items that were mandatory in order to progress through the game, or items that clearly gives one player an advantage over another player then that would be cause for alarm. As it stands right now, it's cosmetic items, items that players have a choice to buy if they so want and it has no affect on any one else's game play what so ever.

    If I'm running around in World of Warcraft with one of those helms, it doesn't stop any one from playing the game, it doesn't force players to have to spend $$$ like I did in order to progress through the game. Sure, players may stop and look at me, maybe send me a whisper asking me where I got that helmet from, but that's it. If someone wants to spend some $$$ and buy one they can, if not oh well, the game will go on.

    Now If this leads into Blizzard at some point down the road charging a Subscription fee, plus requiring players to also spend $$$ for things like content, then I would probably have an issue with that. It's not my money, and I'm sure as hell not going to bitch at someone because they have some extra cash and wish to spend it on a video game for cosmetic items.
    You are obviously missing the fucking point. It's about a thing called principles.

    All this time we've been paying $15 for a service and continued development of the game. These days we are constantly being told they don't have enough people to do big raids and dungeons - or other things. We've been paying the same price all this time since the start. Now they are slowly giving us less and less in return. They are taking developers (doesn't fucking matter if it's another team that does dungeons or whatnot) to make things that we have to pay money for BESIDE the subscribtion we've payed since start.

    They are taking away creative content away from in-game rewarding and slapping an additional price on it - while leaving the subscribtion fee as it is. You might think it doesn't matter what another person does. But frankly that kind of short-sighted lack of understanding is the reason why this eventually will result in things such as:

    - Buy 200% honor/conquest/justice/valor gain for 24 hours.
    - Buy 6 Mogu charms.
    - Buy this exclusive set of armor that is of better quality and creativity than anything in-game.
    - Buy 50% increase to LFR boss loot for 7 days.

    None of these things DIRECTLY affect you as another player (because of weekly caps etc), but it's still wrong.

    All while they continue to ask $15 - the same price as in Vanilla. It is disgusting double-dipping practice. And I for one will walk away from a game I've played since Launch - if they walk down this path.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too.

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