Penthouse purchase: World of Warcraft level 90 character boosts now on Public Test Realm

The next WoW expansion is named Warlords of Draenor.

A new system in testing on World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realm allows players to buy their way to level 90. The single purchase is likely intended to be used to boost alts in preparation for upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor.

At BlizzCon 2013, Blizzard announced that one level 90 character boost would come free with a copy of Warlords of Draenor, to ensure players had immediate access to the expansion’s array of late game content. But players have lately told Blizzard that they’d like to punt multiple characters to 90 – including alts they play with friends on other factions or realms.

“We’ve been evaluating ways to make that possible without having players go through roundabout methods,” wrote the developers, “such as purchasing multiple boxes and performing multiple character transfers.”

The first “pieces of the process” have arrived on the PTR. Players can buy level 90 boosts for an as-yet-undecided-amount, and apply them either to an existing character or new build.

Level 90 boosts are already available with a pre-purchase of Warlords of Draenor.

“That’s a little different from the plan we laid out at BlizzCon, but based on the feedback, it’s obvious that many of you would like the chance to get acquainted with a new class before heading into the expansion,” said Blizzard.

“This will also give more players the opportunity to experience the current end-game content and the events leading up to Garrosh’s exodus to Draenor. Maybe you’ll get your Legendary cloak from Wrathion and level 90–100 Heirloom weapon in the process.”

Blizzard will unfurl a different plan for character upgrades in Asian regions, where players don’t buy expansion boxes. What’s your personal plan for Draenor? A new alt, or an old favourite made all-powerful?