World of Warcraft’s Token system, allowing players to play the game without paying the monthly subscription, will go live today at 10AM PST, Blizzard has announced.
The Token is an in-game item which can be exchanged for game-time or in-game currency. The token will is to go live in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand.
How does it work? The token can be used for 30 days of game-time, and can be purchased from the in-game shop for $20. It can also be acquired in the auction-house, where the bidding will begin at 30,000 gold-pieces.
As such, the value will continue to fluctuate based on the in-game market, since players are able to auction them off for more gold.
Of course, at the time, there are some limitations. For example, a player can only purchase 10-tokens in a 10-day period, though this rule may be changed over time.
"To start, we'll be limiting the number of Token purchases to 10 within a 30-day period, but this limit may be adjusted over time," the developer stated on a blog-post on its official website. "While Tokens will be available immediately from the Shop, please note that there may be a delay before Tokens put up for sale on the Auction House become available for purchase with gold."
Essentially, this new system will allow you to either purchase in-game time using your gold, or the other way around, to buy gold without going through a third-party site.
Once the token has been sold, it becomes soulbound, which means you won’t be able to sell it again. This will mean players won’t get to bulk up on tokens when the prices are low, and sell them when they go up.
Blizzard has noted that while the tokens will be made available for purchase today, but it may take a while until they become sellable at the Auction House.
The studio is also looking into releasing the Tokens in Europe (alongside other regions like Taiwan, Korea and China) with each region having its own Token Exchange. No release window have been announced for any of these regions.