Blizzard is going to drop the $15 fee players need to pay in order to change their gender in the game. Players will soon be able to swap the gender of their characters for free in the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands.
Meanwhile, many other aspects of physical appearance can be changed for free using an in-game barber shop. You can change your hairstyle, colour and facial features, even your entire face.
Speaking to Eurogamer, executive producer John Hight explained that with the Shadowlands update, players can change their gender for free at the barber shop.
“A long time ago, we had the ability for players to go in – it was actually a paid service – and change their character. Much of that is now in the barber shop in the game,” he said. “And as we were adding things up in Shadowlands, we realised, ‘Gosh the only way you can change your gender in World of Warcraft is to go through this paid service.’ And we felt like that’s not the right message.
“Unfortunately we can’t fix that right now but it is our intent with Shadowlands to take that out of being a paid service thing and [put it] in the barber shop. But that’s not something we can easily hotfix – unfortunately we can’t do that right now. It is something that we’re going to have in Shadowlands itself.”