WoW: Level 90 Character Boost Priced at $60 in US
Level 90 Boost, the service which allows player to upgrade a single character to level 90 instantly, will be available to players who preorder Warlords of Draenor. Today, after World of Warcraft US servers performed weekly maintenance and released Patch 5.4.7, many players were surprised to find out that Level 90 Boost, which was supposed to be the feature of Warlords of Draenor, appeared in in-game shop as a paid service available for $60. As of now, the service has become unavailable. A player called Zheo took a screenshot and posted it at MMO forums.
It isn't beyond my expectation that Blizzard won't open up this service to players currently, not without any announcement in advance. But the $60 price showed in the screenshot above is somehow unexpected. Previously, Blizzard had sent out a survey to a slew of subscribers, asking whether they will pay $39 or $49 for Warlords of Draenor. It doesn't make sense that a service is more expensive than an entire expansion. So far, Blizzard has yet made any comment for that.
In my opinion, one of the reasons why Blizzard made this service was to crack down the third-party power leveling service. In US severs power leveling a character from 1 to 90 within 6 days and 10 hours costs approximately $140, according to a related website. By contrast, the price Blizzard's Level 90 Boost service is less expensive and faster obviously – What could be more perfect than Blizzard providing "power leveling service"?