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4-06-2009 @ 7:17PM
Even if these predictions are correct, we won't be seeing the next expansion for a long time.
4-06-2009 @ 7:26PM
I'd say that's a false statement, as there is nothing that Blizzard is doing that would hinder a new expansion, and would probably be within the same time frame as it took the development between the BC and LK ex-pacs.Remember that the next gen MMO, D3, SC2 and WoW dev teams are all separate with very little cross over except at the very top of the production chain.
4-06-2009 @ 7:29PM
Well, that depends on what you mean by "a long time." Didn't they say that they wanted to do slightly smaller expansions slightly faster? I wouldn't expect anything in the next year, but Summer 2010 isn't that far away.
4-06-2009 @ 8:00PM
I agree with you Druid. If only for the fact that we need to see Ulduar, and two other raids until Wrath is complete. The amount of time it will take just to merely set up everything in Wrath is going to be a long, long trip. Factor in developing the next Xpac, plus setting up for it in-game, and Blizzard's love for releasing this stuff in or around the Holiday season; I doubt we'll be seeing the next one until Late 2011-Early 2012.
4-07-2009 @ 1:31PM
The only reason the raid patches are so paced out is to stretch out the content to make the expansion last longer and decrease the perceived time between expansions. The devs stated as much a number of times, and pointed at the necessity of introducing the Sunwell raid (which was not originally planned in Burning Crusade development) as one of the reasons.
4-07-2009 @ 4:37PM
Meh, not really. It's been what, 4ish months already of WotLK - Ulduar's coming in another two-ish weeks or whatnot. After that, there's only one more tier of gear in WotLK, Icecrown Citadel.Following this logic, Maelstrom/Emerald Dream is only 6 months or so off.
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