MMO Champion gives us a rather depressing list.
Let’s consider this list in depth.
I’m going to ignore the obvious ones, you know, the class based ones and jump right to the motorcycle.
The assumed logic, since there has been no official word (man I hope these are just water testing beta tweaks) is that these are gold sink mounts and therefore you should have to buy them every time.
Class specific mounts. I understand. I have no problem with that because it doesn’t make sense for a druid to sit an a felsteed or dreadsteed (or a warlock to sit on a paladin’s charger).
I have one gold sink mount: the motorcycle. Why?
Because that mount screams: I’m an engineer. It’s a profession status symbol. Blizzard wants me to sink gold into these mounts? Get gold out of circulation?
Make them account wide!
Why? Because then I’ll actually buy them. 20k (assuming not exalted with the Kirin Tor) is still 20k being removed from the gold economy.
I’m going to make up some numbers now, for the pure sake of argument.
2 million characters own the Mechano-hog. (Remember, these numbers are being pulled from a goblin’s tax documents and have no real value, they’re to help paint a picture).
8 million accounts have enough gold to buy a Mechano-hog.
Only 3 million more players are willing to toss the gold and time down to buy a Mechano-hog in the current system. When they do, they’ll only buy it on one character.
The laws of supply and demand.
These are status symbol mounts so people will only buy them for their mains. Altoholics (we’ll assume those 5 million accounts not currently buying a Mechano-hog are that) won’t because it’s a waste for them. They have no idea which character they’ll be on tomorrow or next week, let alone next month.
So that’s 16k gold still out there, ready to not be spent (or throw off the economy when one of them decides to take over the market on thorium ore again).
Now, grant altoholics their due and you suddenly have 8 million accounts buying them. Sinking the amount of gold out in the World of Warcraft. How is that a bad thing? You’re now sinking more gold than you were in the previous model.
If you fear the idea of a low level alt on a random server having a motorcycle put server restrictions on these mounts, not account level restrictions. Otherwise, dear Blizzard, you’re undermining the entire point (and promise) of the term “account wide”.