Today Blizzard announced that they will announce the release date for the new World of Warcraft expansion “Warlords of Draenor” on August the 14th.
Now, judging from the previous announcements, the new expansion will most likely be released in mid October.
TBC was announced on November 6th, 2006 and the release was on January 16th, 2007. WotLK release was on November 13th, 2008, with the release date announced at September 15, 2008. Two months earlier. Same goes for Cataclysm. Announcement on October 4th, 2010 and released on December 7th. Mists of Pandaria? July 25th 2012 announced and September 25th 2012 released.
The only thing that could make Blizzard diverge from their usual 2 month plan could be Blizzcon. In 2012, there was no Blizzcon. In 2010, the expansion was released over a month after Blizzcon. 2008? Addon release one month after Blizzcon. On January 2007, Blizzcon was nowhere near the release of the addon.
But 2014? Blizzcon is on November 7th to 8th, which would be a few weeks after the release of the addon. See a problem here? After an expansion gets released, the race for World Firsts is on, with all the top guilds competing against each other. Do you know who’s often attending Blizzcon to meet up and even participate in official events by Blizzard? Top Guilds or at least players from these guilds.
So I suspect the addon release being pushed back to mid or late November, but we’ll know soon enough. Personally I don’t care either way.
In other news: I’ll be reactivating this blog and my WoW account pretty soon.
After Wildstar has been somewhat lacking (but with a couple of very very good aspects) and the latest TSW expansion, which I was looking forward to for ages, has unfortunately been really disappointing, I’m giving WoW a last shot. If the expansion ends up being surprisingly good, great, WoW has been a great game and I’d love to have fun in Azeroth again. If it doesnt, no matter, I’ve got enough other (single player) games to finish 😉
I’ve actually made a fairly detailed plan on what I want to do once I reactivate my account for the expansion. I’ve set myself a number of goals and restrictions/challenges to try and stay positive and motivated without burning out, which I’ll be talking about in the next blog post that’s going to be coming pretty soon.
Just a small update on the way the blog will be operating:
I’ve completely disabled comments, sorry folks. Even with almost a year without updates and various changes to spam prevention addons etc. I’ve constantly been getting spammed and it’s just not worth it for now. Unfortunately this webspace has outdated SQL/PHP versions and I can’t use the latest WordPress release, which might have some better anti-spam options available. Maybe when I move to a more recent webspace I’ll look into the matter again, but for now, comments stay disabled.
That’s it for today, see you next week!