The way they were talking on the panels, there is still a lot left to do. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that people who believe closed/open beta will begin in December are way too optimistic. Beta isn't really about, "Hey players check out what we've done so far!" it's "Hey players we're 85% of the way done with the content and need you to find bugs." I don't think they're 85% of the way there.
So my guess is that beta opens to players in March, 5 months of beta makes August.
they have the biggest team ever. millions of dollars at disposal. they'll make a 5.5, there's no way they couldn't.
Wow, I can't believe we're having this discussion again. Can we pull up all the Mists discussions on these very same forums where people guaranteed March and April releases because "It was already done at BlizzCon", "They are promising faster content", "Blizzard won't make us wait" etc... etc... Yes they will.
If I had a choice between a dinky 5.1 style patch, or a new expansion quicker, I think I'd go with the new expansion.
WoD will probably be released late spring/early summer.
What I find humorous is that a Blue had posted a while back that there will be a pre-expansion game event/patch and now they are saying there wont be one. Great example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. Just like they are saying its not a time travel expansion, then say garrosh and us are going back in time to a pre-outlands draenor...
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Since you seem to have gotten conflicting info, let me straighten things out for you.
#1. There is going to be a pre-xpac event/patch, announced at Blizzcon. It will be a suicide mission throught he Dark Portal into Draenor. There just won't be a proper 5.5 patch.
#2. We are not going back in time. We are going into an alternate reality where GARROSH went back in time and changed history so that the orcs never drank demon blood and Draenor was never destroyed.
Let's make some assumptions and see how it affects the timing.
First off, new character models are a pretty huge part of this expansion. Let's assume they intend to push those out with Warlords. So they've been working on the models for -- what, years? -- and they're suddenly going to go from 2/24 sex/race model updates (currently they've shown us M-Orc and M-Dwarf with some M-Gnome) to 24/24 soon (tm)? Even if they have a system now for getting these models completed I think it's a stretch to say they're going to finish up 22 of them by April.
Let's say they roll out the models after Warlords hits so it won't delay everything else. The other big feature is Garrisons. I might feel motivated enough later to get you video time-stamps, but on every panel that discussed Garrison's, every third answer Cory Stockton gave way, "well, we still have a lot to figure out about Garrisons and how the _______ component will work exactly." In this case, we're not just talking about art assets to generate, we're talking about some lengthy code/tech to write.
What about the new land content? It would seem that since we only got one or two pieces of concept art from every zone but 2 so far, Draenor is a long way from being ready to test, let alone ship.
Again, as everyone says, WoW has a bigger team working on it now. So yeah, maybe that means Beta will only last 4 months this time instead of 6. But even so, I just don't think this x-pac is even close to be ready for testing.
would be nice to have something to hold us through
The only reason they said what they did was because as usual Blizzard don't want to be kept to a deadline before they're 10000000% sure they can get it out by then, they like to take their time and get it right (except Cataclysm).
If they said "definitely before September", then all of a sudden they've set a deadline constantly on their back, even if they're sure they'll beat it.
I'm confident it won't be a year of no content, they said they don't want a repeat of ICC or DS ever again and I don't think the game could handle it tbh. It'll be out June I reckon, as much as they don't want a summer release
Everyone that's reported on it has said it's pre-launch that I've seen. There is a guided questline at the beginning of the expansion but it takes place on the other side of the portal, I think.