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8-26-2008 @ 1:42AM
To me, this says that the expansion is behind schedule.All the buzz has been that Activision wants a sooner release date and Blizzard wants to wait until next year.A compromise might be to dump a lot of the new content (Inscription, talent trees, barbershops) into vanilla TBC. Have an event where the Scourge attack, between Brewfest and Hallow's End, followed by four months of "mobilizing for war in Northrend".That means some content would be rushed to come out sooner to ease Activision's anxieties about competitors.But that ALSO means that if WotLK hits next February, they'll need a bit more new stuff than just 10 levels and a class. Which would likely mean that WotLK would need a burst of new, easy to test content to replace the stuff being handed out in October.My gut says that could come in the form of a few "useless" rep factions, maybe some extra customization and another new BG (maybe the BG they abandoned set in Azshara, player housing or something that they already have on the backburner that could be fast-tracked to beef up WotLK after they give away half of what HAD been planned for it).Assuming Blizzard does effectively "give away" half the expansion to get some content out there 3-4 months ahead of WotLK, Wrath will need new content.So I'd start trying to figure out what "almost completed" stuff Blizzard has to tack onto the expansion to beef it up after dumping a ton of new features for free.Player housing is surprisingly far along in development. (Whereas there's never been any trace of dance studios in Beta.) Goblins are also essentially playable with mostly finished avatars (they need helmets and capes modded to fit their geometry), they could have a fairly simple set of racials and you could fairly easily release two "tribes" of Goblins to make one Alliance and one Horde.Still, I think this content dump is to buy the expansion time... and that if the expansion is going to be separate from a lot of this stuff, there will need to be some shiny additions worked in to replace the stuff being handed out to TBC players.
8-26-2008 @ 2:35AM
I might be oblivious, but the crap about internal Activision/Blizzard release date conflicts, player housing, and playable Goblins seems to be just that, crap. It's simple hard to believe without citations, considering that Blizzard has made clear statements to the contrary previously.That said, it's hard to buy time with a content dump that will take at the very, very least a month in a half to complete. More likely, we won't see it finished until well into October.
8-26-2008 @ 2:41AM
Wrath FAQ on the official page currently states : "There will be many aspects of the expansion that will be available to all players. However, in order to experience certain content, such as Northrend, or be able to play as a death knight, players must purchase the expansion."
8-26-2008 @ 3:29AM
Well, the problem is that nobody outside of Blizzard knows what the schedule is or was, so there's no way to know if they're ahead or behind it.Most people had assumed that there would be a large content patch pre-Wrath, and this seems to be exactly that, and nothing more. I think you're reading more into this than intended, especially regarding the Blizzard v. Activision stuff.
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