I have no idea when this went Live, but last night when I logged in there was a new blurb on the launcher window. A Draenei dude morphing into a Draenei chic? The links were a mess and I kept getting page errors or just plain sent to the wrong thing. Finally I found my way into the Account section and sure enough there was a new option for character reassignment! Well this is a huge dream come true for me, finally my Alchemist can be the woman he always knew he was on the inside. I plunked down my $15 for gender reassignment right then and there!!
The process was amazingly easy, considering the bits that have to be removed and/or resculpted into something else (HAHA). I chose the character targeted for transgendering and gave my credit card information. Then I logged into the game and there was a new button next to Murkery on the character screen. When you click the button you get the regular character creation screen with some options disabled. You cannot change your race or class, but you can change your gender, name and facial characteristics. It's basically the Barbershop + Gender + Name. It was fairly painless, all things considered.
Personally, I've been waiting a couple of years for this sort of option. With each new feature like the Name Change option and the Barbershop were announced, I hoped Blizzard would allow gender reassignment. It's not my fault that Murkery is a dude!! He was my son's first character prior to moving onto his own account. I would have deleted him, but he had the Alchemy ability that I really needed. And he also had the highly coveted Swiftness Potion that used to sell for big bucks, so I couldn't bear to give him the axe and lose the recipe. Unfortunately being a dude has been a limiting factor for him, I really don't play him any more than necessary to keep his crafting abilities viable.
Needless to say, I'm tickled to death that Blizzard has launched this new service and they got my $15 in a heartbeat. I just wonder how many folks could be out there like myself to justify the Dev costs of this feature. I mean, I don't think the fellas have nearly as much problems running around in women's garb as we women might have in lurking about as a man.