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    336 36.84%
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  1. #141
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    If 5.5 comes 2014 Q1 im thinking next expac will launch in 2014 Q3.
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  2. #142
    Quote Originally Posted by Ejmis View Post
    Chris Metzen said they want to release xpacs faster, but I don't recall it being 1 expac / year
    Me neither. I've seen half a year for the raids(main patches), and even some talk about 3 months for raids, which i find to stretch it a bit.

    We have had this expansion out for more than a year anyway.
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  3. #143
    Why would anyone want an expansion a year? Going the CoD/Assassin's Creed route is not a good idea.
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  4. #144
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    I'm thinking around Easter at earliest. And I'm being optimist.

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    Spring 2014 at earliest.
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  6. #146
    Hoping Q1, expecting Q2.

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    I wish they could release it before cristmass but dont think so. They will realiese it after 6 or 7 months.

  8. #148
    I don't think they'll even start the beta before next year, and that should take around 3 months.
    My vote is on the expansion being released around may / june, if things go well. That would mean around 6-7 months of SoO, with around a month for 6.0.0 before the launch. It's also around the time in which they released D3, so they seem to be fine with that period of the year.

  9. #149
    Quote Originally Posted by xanzul View Post
    The current state of the female worgen models is a direct result of incessant whining and bitching about the previous model which was just fine. I fully believe Blizzard purposely makes certain changes in a futile attempt to get players to understand they should be careful what they ask for.
    Exactly, which is why I advocate Blizzard cutting out their large scale beta testing for an expansion. There are too many very vocal players who have become vocal through a life time of nobody wanting to listen to a single word that clambers over their tongue, and for good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarx View Post
    I wish they could release it before cristmass but dont think so. They will realiese it after 6 or 7 months.
    Yeah, that's a pretty likely pace. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some playable content available at the Blizzard Convention.

  10. #150
    Quote Originally Posted by ebah View Post
    If 5.5 comes 2014 Q1 im thinking next expac will launch in 2014 Q3.
    Nearly a year of one raid sounds disastrous. Yet, if that is indeed their planned launch date, I know what company I'm shorting post-Q1 data.

  11. #151
    5.5 won't be until a month or so before the new expansion. The new expansion will be announced at Blizzcon, and then proceed to be beta tested for around 6 months. So I doubt we'll see anything for the game(aside from promotional things like AP) until 2014. My guess? April or later.

  12. #152
    They pretty much will "have" to get an expansion out really, really, really fast, (Like, by April or so. Even then, I honestly think that's cutting it a bit thin. We're talking about a game where the majority of people are doing LFR here. The majority of them probably will of lost interest by the end of 2013.) if they don't want a really massive subscriber drop.

    That being said, they probably won't be able to do it. Expecting September-November window, and a drop to 4 or 5-ish million subscribers in the pre-launch time.

  13. #153
    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    They better take their time, quite frankly, and add a lot of stuff.

    The "we increased the team size by 80%" things DO NOT translate into 80% more stuff. If things are done right, they translate into maybe 20% more stuff right away (that's basically a given, no more than that), but perhaps 200% more stuff after a year or two and even more after (which is the whole point of increasing the team size). If they release a new expansion in 2014, I think it would be a very small expansion. So, they better take their time.
    Actually, if they increase their team size with 40% first. Say from 100 to 140 then they plan another 40% increase then the number would be 196 and that is infact a 96% increase over the original 100. Increases like that are quite telling tbh. WoW is being rebooted behind the curtains....

  14. #154
    No way, It'll be April at the very earliest. I'm guessing something like May/June.

  15. #155
    Not in time for Christmas, but I believe this one will be released earlier for a few reasons:

    Blizzard specifically stated on the topic of speeding up expansions and patches "We have increased our staff by 40% and are going to increase again by another 40%", I believe this was half way through MoP? So thats an 80% increase.

    This expansion sort of needs to come out earlier, due to subs and Blizzard has been really firm on SoO being the final raid, sure we had this before and got Sunwell etc, but if they have increased staff and streamlined...it's simple, we will either get another Sunwell, or an earlier expansion, we aren't going to raid SoO for the next year, plus BETA tests aren't as long as they used to be, it doesn't have to be several months of beta testing.

    Third, this is more than likely irrelevant now, but that oh so famous photo of Blizzards timeline for the next few years, which was wrong for the WoW movie and Titan yes, they list X5 as Q4 of 2013, this is likely out the window, but shows what they are aiming for, this gives me hope it will be end of Q1 2014.
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  16. #156
    Quote Originally Posted by Amerrol View Post
    Why would anyone want an expansion a year? Going the CoD/Assassin's Creed route is not a good idea.
    No one "really" wants it, except Blizzard. Because end of expansions lead to a lot of sub drop offs, especially from the more casual player base, because they increasingly lack things to do. So, they'd, ideally, like to keep those people constantly engaged, so they keep paying their sub fees. Plus, an extra few million x $40 is always good to them, I'm sure.

  17. #157
    Quote Originally Posted by Toiran View Post
    Not in time for Christmas, but I believe this one will be released earlier for a few reasons:

    Blizzard specifically stated on the topic of speeding up expansions and patches "We have increased our staff by 40% and are going to increase again by another 40%", I believe this was half way through MoP? So thats an 80% increase.

    This expansion sort of needs to come out earlier, due to subs and Blizzard has been really firm on SoO being the final raid, sure we had this before and got Sunwell etc, but if they have increased staff and streamlined...

    Third, this is more than likely irrelevant now, but that oh so famous photo of Blizzards timeline for the next few years, which was wrong for the WoW movie and Titan yes, they list X5 as Q4 of 2013, this is likely out the window, but shows what they are aiming for, this gives me hope it will be end of Q1 2014.
    That is not an 80% increase.... I just explained it in details two posts above... With a 96% increase in staff we are rather looking at a reboot or "realm reborn" in an upcoming expansion. Probably not this one though...

  18. #158
    My bet is May-June 2014.

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    Well they have been working the expansion, since 5.1....but I'm still going to say no, there would already be a beta if it was coming that early
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  20. #160
    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmiwink View Post
    Actually, if they increase their team size with 40% first. Say from 100 to 140 then they plan another 40% increase then the number would be 196 and that is infact a 96% increase over the original 100. Increases like that are quite telling tbh. WoW is being rebooted behind the curtains....
    That might be true, but I was talking about something else - increasing the team size by X% does NOT translate into X% more stuff, that's not how things work, and that's not the intention. Increases in output are much smaller than X% at first, and the aim is to get much more than X% later. I think that right now the team developing WoW is in the first phase, and will be there for at least a year.

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