This is probably one of those things where there wasn´t enough demand to justify the development cost, so they had to pitch it to the accountants another way. I think it´s pretty blah myself. Would people who are in that situation mostly just do a server transfer?
Good idea, but not to charge for it. I think they are starting to get a bit greedy with the paid for services, i like my in game friends but not enough to pay to do five mans. Pay to raid with? sure 5 mans .... never
Because this is something other MMO's have for years now? Oh wait, they don't. While I don't like this premium shit, I believe that it's fairly complex to do, especially if you take the massive of code that is World of Warcaft into account.
Hopefully this will bring about some premium content too. Maybe even some more premium access mounts, though I'd hope the price will be a bit higher to keep things like TRH a bit more exclusive. Like, it would be cooler if TRH would have been like $200+.
I'd totally be willing to get in on some premium exclusive raid content, especially if it meant paying $150+/month for it. I think I could definitely get more of my friends to play if it was the case.
Well, think about it this way. One person can pay for the premium service, or everyone can take it the hard way and pay out the nose for a realm x-fer. It's really a choice of how much you're willing to put in to play with friends if you're on different realms. Most people don't want to have to have mains on every server their friends play on.
Loved it until I got to the premium part. If i'm paying extra for this, paying extra for guild chat/ah use, paying extra for mounts...what am I paying $15 for? Ya, I know I don't need to pay for all of these things, but come on now...what is our $15 getting us? Having to pay for every little development they make is a pain in the ass. Will I have to start paying for new tiers of raiding?