With the announcement of a new mount coming to the blizzard store it got me thinking once again about what I would be willing to pay for. For many years I supported blizzard completely and freely spent my real life money not only on the subscription fee but nearly everything they threw up for sale at the blizzard store like mounts and pets. I drew the line at the cosmetic helms and I have not purchased the last few mounts. But I am not completely against them because, as many point out, they are purely cosmetic.
So that brings the question, as a hunter, would you be willing to pay for a special tame?
Pets are basically purely cosmetic now, unless you need a specific buff for your group you can bring any pet you like to a raid and they all do the same damage. The look of your pet at that point is purely cosmetic 100%. If you like cats, raptors, wolves, what have you, the pet you like can travel with you and hinder you in no way what so ever as all pets are created equal outside of the buff / buffs they provide.
Just as there are mounts with different skins they could release tames for hunters with different skins. I know, depending on what pets they are, there are many hunters out there that would jump at the chance to get a pet they like the look of. This gives blizzard a chance to basically soak a single class in the game as no other class has something like hunters have with pets that could be sold as a purely cosmetic piece.
I am not sure I like the idea. I would rather the pets be put in the game and added with special taming conditions like many of the tames in pandaria, the tames at the molten front or even better a nice quest line like the one we got in warlords. With that said, I would most definitely not dismiss the idea that I would, or might, be willing to buy a special skin if it were for sale at the blizzard store.
It would almost be like buying a transmog for your pet. Instead of needing another slot to throw an armor piece in your void storage you need another stable slot to hold that skin. Each time we switch pets it is sort of like changing their transmog. I have multiple cats, a purple one, a white one, an orange one, but they are all cats. Which one I use usually depends on which one I am in the mood for. Changing a pet is like mogging its fur. Do I want the orange fur today or the white fur?
So something like this could be argued as purely cosmetic, so it is prime to be something that blizzard could sell at the blizzard store. But it could also be argued that part of being a hunter is the hunt and this removes that from the game. Letting us buy a pet skin we like instead of the challenge of taming it would be akin to letting up buy a new tier piece instead of going through the challenge of earning it.
What do you think?
Will blizzard ever offer something like cosmetic tames for hunters?
Or more important, would you buy them if they did?