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5-17-2008 @ 11:42PM
"it would seem to suggest that they are further along on the expansion then we think"I would agree if this weren't still in alpha stage, where spells/quests aren't complete, etc; this thing, if anything, sounds way behind schedule, so much that they're QAing an alpha instead of a near-complete beta build (skipping steps to shave off dev/testing cycles?).
5-18-2008 @ 10:03PM
This is the exact same thing they did with Burning Crusade.Internal Alpha -> Friends & Family Alpha -> Closed Beta -> Retail.The time between BC's F&F Alpha and Closed Beta was less than a month, and then it took about another four months for release. If Wrath has the same development pace as BC and the F&F Alpha is legit, it should be out within 6 months.
5-18-2008 @ 1:39AM
Not knowing their schedule (since release date is not public yet), it's kinda hard to comment, but I'm just wondering why it does take them so long, in general.They haven't announced any new revolutionary changes to game mechanics, so there shouldn't actually be too much code revamping taking place, just general level/character/quest/etc design. With this pace, they're really off the "expansion every year" mark. Maybe I'm just QQ'ing for nothing, but it seemed reeeaaaally long time ago Blizzard released anything "new" (and they're still behind the curve on some things they've promised, like player/guild housing).Wonder if this is the type of intel that makes WAR release right after summer? :-)
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