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. Zurtle's Avatar
    I think it's a little shameful on Blizzard's part that the art for these store helms is nicer than the art for the in game tier helms and other helms. Same with some of the pets and mounts now that I think about it. It just goes to show you where they dedicate their best talent, paid for by your monthly 15.
  1. Hitei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valarius View Post
    Yes it does, absolutely it does, because ONE DRAINS RESOURCES you are paying for already to support the game's development cycle then they SELL the end product to you where THE OTHER DOESN'T.


    It's not just "conducted" like they run the fucking checkout; the third party actually creates that product.

    Blizzard doesn't write Christie Golden's books for her. She writes them, she sells them, Blizzard gets a cut for it being their IP. It hasn't drained ANY resources from their departments to create that product. Same thing for cable; WWE produces the PPV wrestling event, at no point is the cable company involved aside from being paid a fee to show it on their network; it didn't take any resources away from your normal viewing experience.

    It is that.fucking.simple.

    I'm not arguing this point with you anymore; I have laid it out in the easiest way I could think of, either you're being willfully ignorant or trying to play devil's advocate and failing.

    Cards (unless cross-promotion, but that's a different thing again entirely), books, toys, do not take ARTISTS away from the ART OF THE GAME. Sale-able store goods do. That.Is.It.

    It's like, so fucking simple I don't know how you don't get it.
    Except the in-game items from cards (Spectral tiger, epic shirt, sword rack, companion pets, vanity items like the pedestal etc.) are done by ARTISTS and PROGRAMMERS taken from the Blizzard team, not by another company.
  1. benadryl's Avatar
    wish it'd go b2p with more crap like this in the pet store

    it would be better for everyone considering how successful cash shops are
  1. sergel02's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zurtle View Post
    I think it's a little shameful on Blizzard's part that the art for these store helms is nicer than the art for the in game tier helms and other helms. Same with some of the pets and mounts now that I think about it. It just goes to show you where they dedicate their best talent, paid for by your monthly 15.
    I suppose it's a bit subjective. I find those helms a lot worse than most in-game helms. Same for the few mounts. Some of the pets are nice in the store though.
  1. Paula Deen's Avatar
    Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents here, you guys all complaining about it not being ingame, I have a strong feeling they will be. Remember the Black Market AH and the Actual AH have cosmetic tabs and have had them since 5.2..... they will be ingame for gold, at least I would hope that would be the purpose of a cosmetic category.
  1. Seezer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BetrayedOf52 View Post
    If you really think blizzard will ever be pay to win, you're not a very smart person.
    You're not a very smart person to think anything is out of the realm of possibility with them. Lesser charms will be able to be bought. XP buff able to be purchased. So if you purchase lesser charms, and win upgrades for it, it's pay to win. With transmog gear, they will see how much money is able to be made off of it. More and more transmog gear will be sold. Then guess what? "Hey guys! WE are introducing Valor Points available for purchase in the in game store!". And then slowly, gear is able to be purchased with stats.

    If you can't see the bigger picture here, then I think you're the one not being smart.
  1. Ianus's Avatar
    i hope they drop on 5 mil next exp and then they will wonder why..
  1. Noomz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dejec1989 View Post
    And so it begins.
    Begun the flame wars have, mmh.


    GW2 has had this kind of thing since launch, it's how they make money. It doesn't subtract quality from anythign else they produce.
  1. Seezer's Avatar
    Blizzard should ban Kotick from their offices. And their meetings. The more and more I'm looking at it. The Activision/Blizz merger totally put Blizz under Act control.
  1. Ryva's Avatar
    I can definatly see them offering pvp-sets in the future - since their reasoning would be "pvp is about skill and not gear, so it is not b2w". We'll see.

    I just hope that they won't make ugly tier sets on purpose to draw players to the items of the store. But it's a very small hope.
  1. Seezer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noomz View Post
    Begun the flame wars have, mmh.


    GW2 has had this kind of thing since launch, it's how they make money. It doesn't subtract quality from anythign else they produce.
    GW2 doesn't have a sub fee tho.
  1. Valarius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Soratrox View Post
    Except the in-game items from cards (Spectral tiger, epic shirt, sword rack, companion pets, vanity items like the pedestal etc.) are done by ARTISTS and PROGRAMMERS taken from the Blizzard team, not by another company.
    Which as I point out in the very bit you bolded and underlined is another thing entirely. Those products are not intended for the general WoW audience; it's a cross promotion to bring people playing the card game into WoW and vice versa; an incentive to try other licensed products or a reward for those already using them. Not something they just made and slapped up for sale; you actually have to buy a different product entirely and even then the chance you get one of the items is small.

    It's not the same thing as taking sub money, creating a piece of content then putting it up for sale as a quick cash grab.

    But hey ho, you keep on truckin'!
  1. Ryva's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noomz View Post
    Begun the flame wars have, mmh.


    GW2 has had this kind of thing since launch, it's how they make money. It doesn't subtract quality from anythign else they produce.
    Do you have to pay a monthly fee to play GW2? We are all paying customers of the game but we are still priced for all extra character services and store items. Other games give you some store-credit for being a subscriber. Not Blizzard, they charge you twice.
  1. Arewn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilian View Post
    Not to mention that an experience buff is already pay to win. It gives a clear advantage over someone who has not paid.

    Certainly, thus far they are planning to limit it into Asia, but as per their own words, it's not out of the table to carry it over into other regions and in all honesty, I have no trust left in them at all this point. It will happen eventually here.
    Experience buffs are not pay to win, you are fundamentally misunderstanding what 'pay to win' is if you think that. Leveling is not a race, nor are higher levels unobtainable without experience buffs. Cosmetics and convenience items are not pay to win. They are cosmetic (such as a pet or a weapon skin), and they are convenient (such as an exp booster, which gives the added convenience of a quicker leveling process), but they do not make you more powerful then someone who does not have them. They give you something that those who don't pay can't have, but that something is not 'power' or 'winability'.

    That being said, it's incredibly sleazy for Blizzard to put experience buffs in the game, rather then work on the fundamental experience rate problems (taking into consideration that this is a sub fee game).

    The additions to the pet store are a huge problem for the player base as well. Even those not interested in buying them are getting affected, since every additional model they add to the cash shop is one less model for their already paying (sub fee and box price) player base.
  1. Valarius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seezer View Post
    GW2 doesn't have a sub fee tho.
    You can also buy everything on GW2's shop using in-game gold currency (conversion into gems).

    But yeah GW2 does it so why can't WoW charge $10 a PET? (nvm you can get a pack of 3 for that price in GW2 even)
  1. Gerbert the's Avatar
    25 bucks for breast enlargement on my gnome!!!! YES
  1. lettuce's Avatar
    And thus continues the downward slide of Blizzard's integrity.
  1. PenguinChan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lettuce View Post
    And thus continues the downward slide of Blizzard's integrity.
    How does selling cosmetic items (That they have been doing since TCG), ruining their integrity? Which most likely isn't even comparable.
  1. IIamaKing's Avatar
    Exactly the type of stuff that should be in cash shops, worthless toys.
  1. artem123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilian View Post
    Not to mention that an experience buff is already pay to win. It gives a clear advantage over someone who has not paid.

    Certainly, thus far they are planning to limit it into Asia, but as per their own words, it's not out of the table to carry it over into other regions and in all honesty, I have no trust left in them at all this point. It will happen eventually here.
    that means wow has been pay to win since BC? ish. With raf that is, experience buff is apparently pay to win.
    BY THAT LOGIC
    WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE WHINING NOW
    because its already been pay to win for a few years, they're just adding cosmetic / fun / toy items.

    So why is the outbreak now, not years ago when its the exact same thing?

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