Later than April 2014
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Full Beta Testing of leveling, crafting, all the artwork, dungeons and first tier raids generally takes around 6 months. That's held true throughout, since TBC was announced. So the idea that we'll hear about Warlords of Draenor or whatever and be playing ANYTHING before summertime is very unlikely.
The ONE thing that is very likely about that supposed "leak" that said that the Horde would be able to play Mo'arg and the Alliance would be able to play Ethereals.... was the December 2014 ship date.
And frankly, that's distressing. I have no problem sticking around and if there really are as many changes coming as look to be coming then it will be worth all of that work, but I can't see folks sticking with Siege for MORE than a year.
That said, I dunno when they ship it before then. I don't recall a summer ship date, ever, for an expac. And that puts it at the earliest in the fall.
So even if there are no new races or classes (my guess) and the big reveal is a crafting revamp as opposed to a cooking revamp from MoP (my guess), the math of the development scheduling still puts it later in 2014 no matter what they do, where it is or what the story is.
So, we can guess all we like, but for sure, there's just no way we see anything ship before summer. We just know too much about how Blizz goes about it's game development to know that it could come sooner.
If it snows in south Florida, there will be an expansion at Christmas.
I cant believe Before Christmas is even a poll option... are you living under a rock?
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Its probably going to be Spring 2014, Christmas is unreal. there's no way they can finish the game + beta within a month
You say you don't recall a summer release for an expac, and that's true, but then again they've said they wanted to get expansion times down to 18 months. Inevitably, this means they intended for some winter and some summer releases in the future. I know they haven't lived up to the 18 month expac notion yet, but MoP was really the first one developed entirely with that goal/mindset. It makes sense that this would be the first one that really does finish up quicker, and make room for the next expac sooner, and so it makes sense that a summerish release date for the first time with this new expac would happen. So yeah, I don't buy into the summer release argument, or the year-long SoO argument, or anything else. I'll grant you that the timing is a little off only in the sense that alpha/beta doesn't make a ton of sense having the expac still unannounced, but at the same time, it doesn't make sense for a December release either.
My guess? June 2014 release, with the beta both starting sooner after Blizzcon than it has in the past, and being expedited to cut it's duration.
my bet is December/January for beta start, April for 6.0 patch and late May for expansion launch
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Also if it did happen then Siege would only be progression for three months and an utter waste of time. They learned their mistake about releasing an expansion too quickly before end-game progression was over with BC and Naxx40.
Typically with all expansions there is a year (give or take a month) between the announcement and launch.
MoP: Announced Oct 2011 -> 5 Months -> Beta Mar 2012 -> 6 Months -> Release Sep 2012
So I think anything prior to October 2014 is wishful thinking. Although I suppose it could be suggested that if a lot of the folks who were working on Titan are now back working on WoW.. perhaps the Beta will kick off sooner than it normally does as the expansion may be further into development. But previous expansions to MoP all had a similar time line when team numbers would have been higher.. so I wouldn't hold your breath.
They'll release it "when it's ready."
No, it has been over a year already...
Blizzard basically confirmed that beta testing for new expansions will take at least as long as it did in the past for previous expansions. MoP beta testing took about 6 months.
Next weekend at Blizzcon the new expansion will be announced (if not it would be the end of WoW, so they will) and very likely they will also have an estimate on the date they are planning to start the beta testing. Add 6 months to that and you have an estimated release date for the next expansion. My 2 cnts.
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Hmmmm May - June is my guess
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