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1-23-2012 @ 2:13PM
I am becoming less and less convinced that we'll see a summer release for Mists. The absence of any substantial information, leaked or not, makes me really skeptical that it's anywhere near ready for beta. Either Blizzard has come up with a supremely powerful method of containing their information, or the game simply isn't even in an alpha stage yet. That makes a summer release impossible.
1-23-2012 @ 2:20PM
Maybe they're using the Dragon Soul to keep everything under wraps...
1-23-2012 @ 4:40PM
http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/23Well, someone *had* to...
1-23-2012 @ 7:54PM
If you're right then Blizzard has ceded the market for over a year to other more recent games. As a shareholder in another company, if they ceded the market for that long to create a perfect product (that will still have to be patched, that will still be replaced in time, that will lack something for someone - in other words that is not perfect) I would sell my shares and unsubscribe from their products.Blizzard seems to have two options: lose subscribers for having no new content, or lose subscribers for bringing out the wrong content. It would be interesting to see which is projected to cause more harm.
1-23-2012 @ 10:01PM
I really can't believe that they plan on letting 4.3 last until July. Conventional wisdom about the Alpha to Beta to Release timeframe, this I just far too long for a raid that has essentially been on farm since release. I'm all for Blizzard and all, but no game can sustain regular subsribers when every expansion ends with almost a year of no updates.
1-24-2012 @ 1:23AM
I was thinking about this last night... about the options they have. I am not sure about how much of a solid timeframe the release date of the book gives, because I have seen those change a lot, very suddenly, especially with that particular publisher. Then again, my thoughts are:- The Alpha/F&F beta would have to start VERY soon for a release in June/July- The Shattering was released on Oct 19th... 6-7 weeks before the Cata release. If the publishing date of the new one remains unchanged, we'd be looking at a release in early Sept. - Would they even release a game in the summer? I was under the impression that thats an unpopular time of the year for game-releases (summer vacations, people being a bit less interested in gaming), but then again, I might be wrong- Would it make sense to release it around the time summer-breaks end (Aug/Sep)?- Would they really expect people to stick with 4.3 for a full year and actually put out MoP in December?That approach, IMO, would be rather hardcore... it would be a rather reckless move, as to me, that would say "OK, some of you will stick with the game regardless of there being no content for a year, and all of those that will quit the game to check out other games because they are bored will surely come back for MoP"That'd be a rather risky move IMO...there are several new games coming out in 2012, others (like SWTOR) might be developed further, offering more than they do right now, and I do think people will be bored by... I dunno, April?With ICC, they did release the patch that opened it in Dec, a full year before Cata, but they did open ICC gradually, so the actual death of the LK didn't happen as soon as the death of DW. I mean, 4.3 has been out for like 7 weeks, and to think of doing the three dungeons and those raids for another 10-11 months... I don't think Blizz expects that to work. I mean, if that was what will happen, people have enough time to gear all their alts all the way. So I am quite puzzled by this, and if I was asked to bet, I would have no idea what month to put my money on...
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