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4-13-2009 @ 4:17PM
And I'd say that the chances are just about equal that it will be released this week or that it will be released next week, which is the latest it might come out.While a new build came out a few days ago, the changes included in it were EXTREMELY minor and there were only a sparse handful at that. Basically, testing is done.If the patch is released this week, there's a buffer between the yearly event madness and the new patch madness, and even allows for unforeseen problems with the patch (we've seen patches in the past shut down servers because the volume of players was interacting negatively with the new changes, something that couldn't be tested for) without interrupting the new arena season or the event they're trying to update. It makes sense to me that Blizzard would try to give themselves that kind of buffer, and as a player I would appreciate the extra week to get used to the new changes before two weeks of craziness with the yearly events.On the other hand, the PTR IS still up, which is an indication that the patch might not be released tomorrow. It's not a perfect indicator, and doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it IS enough for me to doubt that the patch is coming out this week. I don't think it's in Blizzard's best interest or most of the player's best interests (although I'm sure those people who are desperately trying to get that last achievement for a title and mount would disagree), but the release date could well be next week because of technical concerns or some other unknown variable.If it doesn't drop this week, I can't imagine it will come out any later than next week. Too much of what's in this patch has dates attached to it, and, short of a catastrophic need to fix things, Blizzard won't want to delay them.
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