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9-10-2009 @ 5:10PM
EVE also shuts down for a short time every evening for scheduled maintenance, whereas WoW shuts down only once per week for the same. This means that, while EVE players expect a daily interruption of service, WoW players expect a weekly interruption. Neither company wants to violate these expectations - expected outages are more important than expected release dates (outages affect the entire player base, whereas release dates affect only the portion of the player base who care to follow them). So, if EVE pushes back a patch, it's 24 hours. If WoW pushes back a patch, it's one week. EVE, therefore, has less at stake in mentioning a release date before it's solid.
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