Raiding Expectations for the Holiday Season - Patch 8.3 and Ny'alotha Live Next Year
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the reveal at BlizzCon of the upcoming Shadowlands expansion, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the schedule for the previously announced Visions of N’Zoth content update. To that end, we want to share that Visions of N’Zoth and the raid—Ny’alotha, The Waking City - will go live early next year.

Visions of N’Zoth is making good progress on the PTR, and currently with your help, we have been comprehensively testing the new content along with iterating on new systems like Corruption.

During the holiday season, we want to be considerate of all our players with the release timing of new content. Many guilds are still progressing through The Eternal Palace, and we want to give them enough time to finish the raid and earn their Cutting Edge: Queen Azshara and Ahead of the Curve achievements before opening the new raid. We try to avoid releasing new content tiers during the holiday season so that players are not encouraged to choose between progression and spending time with their families and friends. This also helps ensure us that we’re fully staffed to support any required hotfixes or turning issues that may emerge.

This will also give everyone extra time to enjoy the WoW 15th Anniversary event starting today, so you can play through the limited-time Memories of Azeroth raids and Korrak’s Revenge without having to rush through the festivities.

We’ll have more info on the new raid and content update in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to the forums and worldofwarcraft.com for the latest news as we head into the holiday season.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Raiding Expectations for the Holiday Season - Patch 8.3 and Ny'alotha Live Next Year started by chaud View original post
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  1. Morgaith's Avatar
    The later the better.
  1. Fullmetal89's Avatar
    Wow, was not expecting 8.3 to be delayed till next year. Wtf?
  1. Edlarel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fullmetal89 View Post
    Wow, was not expecting 8.3 to be delayed till next year. Wtf?
    Next year is less than 60 days away. Think of it like that. Probably going to be early January.
  1. Skylander's Avatar
    These next 2 months are gonna suck.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    January 7 starting to look more and more plausible!

    Good on them AND myself, I for one would've ditched playing 8.3 if it had been coming out during Christmas!
  1. ilikepieisgood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edlarel View Post
    Next year is less than 60 days away. Think of it like that. Probably going to be early January.
    Yeah, and I'd actually appreciate this not being dropped during the holidays. People are busy with family, travel, work, finals. In my experience, having a new raid drop around this time of the year is basically synonymous with having it drop in January.
  1. Hyrja's Avatar
    Would have been nice to have 8.3 before holiday season so i dont have to spend so much time with family and friends.
    Ah well. Guess I have to work up my social skills again then.
  1. Edlarel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skylander View Post
    These next 2 months are gonna suck.
    With any luck, that's how long the LFR queue for the holiday event will take anyway, so you're all set on what to do in the meantime (wait in queue)
  1. Kyphael's Avatar
    Cool, because unless Shadowlands gets like a July release which is unlikely, we'll be sitting on 8.3 for at least 7-8 months, 9 if Shadowlands releases in late September.
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fullmetal89 View Post
    Wow, was not expecting 8.3 to be delayed till next year. Wtf?
    8.3 has not been delayed. Please take your fake news to other sites.
  1. Cæli's Avatar
    appreciated. it seems they care about the players at once
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ilikepieisgood View Post
    Yeah, and I'd actually appreciate this not being dropped during the holidays. People are busy with family, travel, work, finals. In my experience, having a new raid drop around this time of the year is basically synonymous with having it drop in January.
    Most WoW players are introverts, and the tech ones among them likely have taken little PTO over the course of the year due to tech having demanding schedules. Many (most?) tech people take the last 2-3 weeks of the year off, and would like having a game to binge on in that time period.

    Just probably won't be WoW with how schedules have worked out.

    It makes sense to not have Blizzard devs and CMs working 80 hr weeks during the holidays.
  1. NabyBro's Avatar
    I mean, okay, nobody asked for the raid to be during Christmas.

    But please, drop the patch in late-Nov/early-Dec like they did 8.1.
    No "new season" ilvl (so same as Eternal Palace) but we would get to play Mechagon M+ and Visions.

    Please?
  1. Yunaqt's Avatar
    Nice, this is a good change. Argus releasing just before xmas was rough.

    Nice to not have to worry so much about the roster boss and come in fresh.
  1. Gasparde's Avatar
    Kinda expected the patch to still hit live this year with the raid just coming out like mid to late January - basically like they did with 8.1 and BoD.

    Not getting anything new for the next 2 months... seems really weird. I'm afraid that the coming holiday season will kill an incredible amount of guilds because even the most casuals of the casual will just not have anything to do.
  1. zlygork's Avatar
    Wow, so I don't get to level my Vulpera/mechagnome when i have actual free time during the holidays so that I am ready for the raid comes out after the holidays and I am busy again? Smart.
  1. jeba28's Avatar
    oke so just quit for 2 months after 15 years because i cant get any satisfaction from bfa and there crap patches, maybe 8.3 gets something better
  1. Lolites's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fullmetal89 View Post
    Wow, was not expecting 8.3 to be delayed till next year. Wtf?
    seriously? I was sure it will be January, PTR started in october, 2 moths to test 12bosses raid and some other stuff seems very unlikely...
  1. Wyattbw09's Avatar
    So pretty much exsactly what everyone already expected
  1. Tdanielt83's Avatar
    nice "activision" 8,3 in 2020 nice marketing service /
    now All I have to do is not to buy subscribe
    now I know why they did not announce the date neither 8.3 nor 9.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaith View Post
    The later the better.
    ooo i see Morgaith work in "activision" -
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