Considering how long they've been dragging the announcing of the expansion, I wouldn't be surprised if SoO lasts a lot longer than their "promise". (Their promise suggested 6-7 months tops, but I think we're looking at 9 months)
However, 5.5 will probably offer some content. No new raid though, they've stated that SoO is the final raid of MoP. I'm just afraid that they'll lose too many subs in wait of the new expansion. Hopefully they'll do another annual pass thing to trick people into staying in for 5 months of heroic Garrosh farming with LFR gear (they'll nerf the encounter in 5.5, no doubt about it)
No, i dont think so. Not like the said Siege of ogrimmar would be the last major patch. So no, i dont think so, i think they will annouse they have bought runescape. And this is the end of wow. and in 2 years time they will come out with a game aimed at a "wider" audiens" which means it will have in game store for everything, and a more dumbed down combat and story, it can will have a side game app on tablets where you can do mini games like water your farm and walk your dog. And so the new warcraft game will be called" warcraft unlimited"
but but on topic. Yes. yes they will, anyone who says" actually, hehehehe, it have not been told for sure" is just being a stupid. They have said Siege of ogrimmar would be the last major patch for pandaria, so unless they have decied to close wow, there will be 100% sure a new xpack annoused at blizzcon
(i am 19 and dyslexic so yes i suck at spelling)
Calling it now; beta will probably arrive around a few weeks to a month after Blizzcon. Blizzard did say they wanted to get content out faster. ;-)
And as the quoted write up a few posts above this excites, there will probably be an April/June release, if the Beta is announced and opened right after Blizzcon.
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(i am 19 and dyslexic so yes i suck at spelling)
No they will delay the announcement until next Blizzcon and leave us with 1.5 years of no content, and will instead announce Titan's open beta starting during this Blizzcon
No, they will announce a new big rare on timeless isle, making it the fantastic 4 (Hulon, Ship, Evermaw + new rare), thus increasing the amount of content players have available by 33%
WoW now teams up with Hello Kitty Adventure to give you the cutest, most fluffy kittens in all of Azeroth. Featuring a whole new island with all new kittens (and new fur graphics, we implemented the hair from the Tomb Raider game) ahh feels good to make the majority of players happy!
Dismantle the Horde...huehuehuehue...
But honestly, blizz always stated that they want shorter patch and expansion cycles, so I don't think they gonna make the 8-9 months duration for the last content. I rather expect 5-6 months + maybe one month lore-pre-patch. which would be beginning february for the pre patch and march for the expansion. something like this.
but yes. blizzcon + announcement of next expansion = highly likely.
From today's news:
Blizzcon will have "an exciting glimpse into the future of WoW", as well as a live raid.
Do you think this means a new expansion?
But yes, as you said, he was a single-boss raid that, additionally, did not contain any tier gear, so I do not consider him a tier that would break up ICC's 12 month duration.
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I think we're all about 99% positive there's going to be an expac revealed. I am in the "Heroes of the Storm" camp. I *WISH* it would be ready earlier in the year... like maybe early summer, simply because no one likes a year of nothingness between the final raid of an expansion (SoO in this case) and the release of the next.... but I don't get my hopes up too much in these cases. =[
I am of the opinion that the next expansion for WoW will be much closer than we think. The excellent write-up a few posts above this one does an excellent job of summing up what has gone on before, and infers what will happen next based on that - but I think there are a few key factors that are not being considered in that writeup, namely the negative player feedback that Blizzard has received over the length of their final tier raids (Dragon soul in particular) and Blizzard's renewed commitment to fast content releases with the advent of Mists of Pandaria.
Coming off the heels of Cataclysm and the Dragon Soul raid, which was fairly unpopular with the more vocal players, Blizzard affirmed that they were expanding the development team for WoW and planned on adding in raid content that was more extensive than that found in Cataclysm, and doing so much more often. Blizzard made me a believer of this philosophy when patch 5.1 dropped shortly (just about 2 months) after the release of Mists, and solidified this with the release of patch 5.2 in March of 2013 (4 months after 5.1). 5.3 came in May, 2 months after 5.2, and 5.4 arrived the first week of September - just a little over 4 months after 5.2. Compared to previous expansions, this is a blazingly fast rate of content released. Cataclysm went 5 months from launch to it's first content patch, which consisted merely of 2 old raids that had been re-hashed into 5-mans (players had to wait another 2 months - 7 months after the release of the expansion - for the first raid patch, Rage of the Firelands).
Not only has the content come faster in Mists, it's also been bigger content. As of 5.4, supposedly the final major content patch of MoP, there are 48 raid bosses in Mists of Pandaria (49 if you count Ra-Den, 53 if you counter the 4 celestials as seperate bosses). Compare this to 31 raid bosses in Cataclysm (32 counting Sinestra).
What's my point? During the MoP press tour, Blizzard re-iterated a new promise to players: "you will get content more quickly and it will be more expansive", and frankly they delivered on it. So what does this have to do with the next expansion?
One of the biggest complaints players have had on previous expansions is that the final tiers of raiding last far too long. Icecrown Citadel, as popular a raid as it was, was stale after 7 months - and even with the addition of Ruby Sanctum, players remained bored and subscriptions drop. Dragon Soul was very unpopular, lasting 9 months but also representing a fairly small raid given the length of time. Blizzard knows this is not what players want - they openly admitted this during the MoP press tour - and they aren't going to make the mistake again. The release of 5.4 puts them on a ticking clock, and I believe they know this and are intentionally approaching it as such.
So, my prediction for the next expansion is this: It will be announced at Blizzcon, like we all expect (and there will be a big feature included in the expansion aimed at bringing back previous subscribers - something players have been asking to happen for a long time, like Demon Hunters or Guild/Player Housing), and shortly after (early december at the earliest, January at the latest) the beta will launch. In January, a patch will drop that will bridge the gap between MoP and the next expansion and give players some new content (not a raid). Finally, in March (I'll be bold here - March 25th.) the next expansion will launch.