Tick tock, motherfrakkers
It is currently July, 2022, and I am concerned about Blizzard’s sense of time.
Let me set the stage.
The next expansion was announced in April, 2022.
Given past performance, everybody with most of a brain expected a 2023 release date.
Yet, apparently, they posted Dragonflight to the Blizzard Store with a “released no later than December 31, 2022” date.
What does this mean to us?
Well, first of all, a little math.
Dec 31, 2022 release date means that the pre-release for Dragonflight, aka version 10.0, will be pushed to accounts around November 26, 2022. That’s right, a full six weeks before the commercial release date. Which is (does fast math) around four and a half months from now.
I am beyond belief that this is achievable. Sure, they’ve bought an entire company. But, as of this date, July 11 2022, they have yet to roll out Alpha.
As of the date of this writing, it is mid-July. If we were expecting a release by end of year 2022, I would expect the Beta to be in full swing. Blizzard’s past performance simply doesn’t jibe with this proposed release date. The only way I can see this working out is that there is yet another wrinkle that we haven’t yet perceived. Maybe they’ve changed how they do things for the testing cycle and we’ll see a game far closer to complete when Alpha rolls. I have no idea. I am well known for having opinions, but in this case the tank is dry. I got nothing.
If you’re a player that plays the long game, you are going to have some decisions to make real soon now. In my case, I have a lot going on in the AH that will change when we hit a certain point before the pre-patch, as will hundreds of other Goblins. There is a point where you shift from “current patch” to “outgoing patch” mode. A large part of that involves dumping things you were saving for use in crafting and so forth. As an example, Jasra keeps one full stack of each kind of cloth, dumping the rest on the AH. Soon that will need to change to “just dump it all” until expansion rolls, at which point we shift that to a legacy mode because we’ll be collecting DragonCloth and Super DragonCloth.
So there’s a dance of sorts that will play out. The interesting part will be, do you bet on them rolling the pre-patch on time, or do you bet on them missing the date completely? To a goblin, this is about maximizing profits, and the discussion about the expansion is only in terms of financial opportunities.
The next two months are going to be so very interesting, because if there aren’t significant events between now and then, the Scandal will be something around the lines of Suspected Missed Deadlines.
People that habitually generate drama wear me out. But apparently game companies doing same do not. Go figure.
Posted on July 14, 2022, in Broken promises and shattered dreams, Expansions, The future is scary and tagged 10.0. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
The only thing I can think of is that they’ve been burned in past expansions with streamers revealing Alpha content in development, and negative comments on design and features. I’m thinking a lot may be done with closed internal Alpha testing, and a short beta period for some stress and tuning passes. My money is on them picking a hill to die on with how they want the game designed, and they are not going to give players time to come up with hundreds of things they want changed. It’s going to be a take it or leave it gambit. If it works, people at Blizzard will get a pat on the back, if it fails? Well, it’s been a good run.
Well, as it turns out, the alpha as apparently already been out for a couple of days, most people just didn’t know about it. So we’ll see I guess!
Hehe, yeah, I was amused by the timing.
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