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The Queue: BlizzCon expectations

Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Today's edition of The Queue is brought to you by our old friend Hawaiian pizza -- or at least, it would have been if I hadn't been half asleep while ordering my pizza and ended up accidentally clicking "add bacon" instead of the topping(s) I wanted. Now my pizza is just covered in poorly cooked bacon bits. Woe is me. Woe.

adalon asked:

Is it just my imagination or has the Cataclysm release date not had the same amount of buzz that previous expansions had?

There is still plenty of buzz in the portion of the audience that doesn't follow WoW news all that closely. For those of us who are here every day reading up on the latest and greatest about WoW, it was becoming incredibly obvious when the expansion would be released. Between the hints/rumors, the arena season news and the known fact that Cataclysm was on course for a 2010 release, there weren't many dates that it could have been this late in the year. Really, most people had already figured out it would be released between X and Y dates and were already planning for it when Blizzard confirmed that the release would, indeed, land on that date. No shocker there.

If Blizzard had announced it a few weeks ago, we would have been much more surprised.

toddless asked:

If you could add any cartoon/make-believe/real-life person to the World of Warcraft, who would it be and why?

The writers of The Queue, obviously. We could all be hanging out together in the Stormwind library, researching answers for all of you.

No, I'm just kidding. My real answer is heavily influenced by the fact that I'm tearing through the Dresden Files books. I think it would be cool to see Michael Carpenter and Amoracchius in some badass paladin tier gear somewhere. He's my favorite character in the series by far. And if you people spoil anything in the comments I will personally destroy every one of you with my mind.

Many people asked:

Hey, your WoWInsider.com domain isn't redirecting us to wow.joystiq.com like you said it would! What's up with that!?

That's an "oops" that is being fixed. It isn't intended behavior. WoWInsider.com should be redirecting you to us, and it will as soon as it's fixed. Heck, considering I'm writing this on Tuesday night, it might even already be fixed by the time you read this Wednesday morning/afternoon. Or maybe not, I don't know. I can't see the future. But it will be fixed some time soon.

JR asked:

Any rumor or speculation on what will be the big announcement at BlizzCon this year?

Blizzard has already published the BlizzCon schedule, so it is incredibly unlikely that it will officially announce any of the games currently in development. I can't see Blizzard's announcing a game and then not using some panel time to hype the heck out of it at a convention dedicated to its products. It would be very silly to announce a game and then not talk about it, so any announcements are probably tied to its three current franchises: Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

My predictions: Cataclysm will have its full cinematic revealed. Diablo 3 will get its last class. StarCraft won't get much at all, because the developers have already stated in recent interviews that they're absolutely not ready to talk about Heart of the Swarm yet.
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