So going to take a shot in the dark and say the next expansion is around October 25th and latest November 15th. Going by the below information it is safe to assume it is well before Christmas and after September 23rd for sure.
and alsoReleasing something the week before Christmas is terrible, because you have less devs around to handle issues that can arise. But there are clues!
So taking off my Trion employee hat, what do we know about SFP's potential launch date based on publicly available statements? Well it takes 50 days to get Opie with preorder bonuses, so the very earliest we could possibly release it would be Friday September 23 or so. But that would be absolutely ridiculous, because folks would have had to order on day one and not miss a day. That would be bad design.
Now I'm going to look around the forums for any further hints... like this one. So if we follow the logic in that post by some stunningly handsome Trion employee, and realize that we don't want to publish too near Christmas, you can start guessing a range of dates when we might release.
There's more than enough time. When we calculated it out we figured folks who purchased on day 1 would like a chance to get all the rewards, and have a little cushion in case they missed a few days here and there. So if you buy early you can get all the rewards and have a little left over.
If you do end up getting 48 tickets that's enough to get the Mystery box and the bag. Not the same as Opie but not nothing. I'm assuming we'll leave the vendor up for a bit after the expansion launches, but there won't be ways to get more tickets.
As to future plans to release Opie, we're definitely keeping that option open. There are certainly people who will want to get one but who aren't playing right now or can't obtain it for whatever reason. This is a pretty sweet deal to get one, but there may be other opportunities in the future such as a lockbox.