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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 5:54PM edgecrusherO0 said

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This is not news...they stated this months ago.

And it's funny, because people will be paying for the same content for roughly a year...money well spent!

Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:03PM Braiks said

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@edgecrusherO0 We don't know when MoP comes out.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:24PM edgecrusherO0 said

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@Braiks

You're correct, but it's more than likely coming out this year based on the past 3 expansions trends, most likely during the winter. However if the subscriber numbers continue their downward trend, I could see them pushing it to the fall.

Again though, that's still 8-12 months without a major content update, which actually seems pretty standard for them. So each patch costs a player roughly 120 bucks. Never though of it that way.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 8:33PM (Unverified) said

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No, we don't know whne MoP is coming out, but we can make reasonable guesses.

One, every expansion has been planned for a late Nov/early Dec holiday release. The first expansion, Burning Crusade was not ready so was pushed into January 2007, but the intended release was late Nov/early Dec of 2006.

Two, Blizzard knows that traditionally their main fan base are fans of all 3 of their major titles. They have never released them at the same time. D3 will be released soon, and that leaked Feb.1 date is probably close to the truth now that the South Korean RMT issue has been dealt with. They have said they want to release the second campaign of SC2 this year. This summer will mark 2 years since the first campaign was released. Summer will also mean that players have had a few months to play through, probably a few times, the storyline of D3.

I seriously doubt they will release MoP in summer and do SC2 in the 4th quarter. Releasing MoP would mean releasing SC2 during a time new content is being released for MoP thus forcing their main fan base to make a choice. Released SC2 in summer and MoP in the 4th quarter means that the players will have played through the storyline in SC2 and will be ready for MoP. Releasing MoP first makes no business sense.

Not to mention if MoP wasn't too far off, why the Annual Pass? Common sense tells us that this offer was done to stem the loss of subscribers during the period WoW will not be releasing new content. MoP, regardless of how bad or how good it may be will still sell well and would negate the actual need for the Annual Pass if the release was soon. Not mention, the betas for the other expansions have lasted between 6-8 months each, and no word has been announced on when the beta will be.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 9:02PM Braiks said

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I wasn't aware 4.3 already released.. seems like a long ass time with no content updates.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 9:23PM Sorithal said

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@edgecrusherO0

Chances are it'll be out by Christmas. I'm somewhat thinking it -could- be out sooner than that, like... possibly August at the earliest.

Then again I don't pay attention to WoW anymore, but that's typically the trend.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 9:26PM jimr9999us said

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@edgecrusherO0
-shrug- It's money well spent if you're having fun.
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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 2:30AM (Unverified) said

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@Braiks Its the one with Deathwing. With most of the other expansions they released a little bit of content here and there to help tide players over after they killed the expansions big-bad.
Not too sure what their strategy is, I can only hope that they're pooling resources to help ensure that MoP is as refined and innovative as possible. I doubt this is the case as in my opinion WoW has been getting the amount of time and effort it should have.
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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 6:22AM (Unverified) said

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@edgecrusherO0 I'm hoping you are wrong. Every final patch before an expansion has came out 3-5 months before the expansion, so I think that's what will happen here. Mists of Pandaria will come out in June/July. Blizzard has never had it's players wait 10 months for a patch, I think the longest was 6 months?

They no longer care about releasing it near Christmas, or we would have seen it in December 2011. With players dropping like flies they cannot afford to not have a patch for months and months on end. This expansion will come soon.

So yeah, from what I've gathered, I expect the release date to be June/July.
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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 2:42PM (Unverified) said

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Ruby Sanctum in Wrath was a 1 boss, 10 minute raid that had no bearing on the storyline. So essentially the last real content patch for Wrath was ICC a full year before Cataclsym's release.

Not to mention, beta periods last for about 6-8 months, and none have started yet. If one were to start on February first, the earliest I would expect to see it released would be August. But since SC2 is intended to be released this year, there is no way they will release them at about the same time. It would force their customers, who are traditionally customers of all 3 Blizzard titles, to make a choice thus hurting sales of at least one or the other. Would also make no sense to release MoP before SC2 because that means MoP would more than likely getting ready for a major content release around the same time SC2 would be being released thus forcing customers into that same choice of what to play. You release SC2 in the summer and MoP in the traditional holiday release time period for a WoW expansion, and you give the customers time to play through SC2's storyline and enjoy the game before MoP drops.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2012 5:19AM (Unverified) said

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@edgecrusherO0 Just as in that same interview months ago that you are referring to - the ALSO stated that they are bringing the amount of time between expansion much nearer.

So for anyone theorising that 4.3 is gonna be here until December - do you really think they would leave 12 months between content updates - if you do then you may not know mush about mmo... plus it would be commercial suicide - and blizzard is a money making machine - dont forget that :)

Its usually approx 6months between major updates - im predicting Easter holiday for those cuddly, fluffy bunny...err Pandas..... (early summer at the latest)
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 5:57PM Baalversi666 said

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Im sorry but do these guys actually play the same game we do ...Clearly not

they must have sukkered ALOT of people into that 12 month deal with the D3 carrot for them to be happy to sit back and just wait like that

ah well another 12 to 18 months of eye gouging Dragon Soul

Posted: Jan 17th 2012 5:59PM Infestimus said

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I like how the pandas get to choose their allegiance after their starter area.

Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:00PM Warsyde said

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This is one of the reasons I don't play WoW any more. The next expansion doesn't even have a release date and yet they've declared no new content additions until it comes out? If Blizz sticks to their usual release schedule that means nothing until late fall/early winter 2012. That's . . . insane.

Say what you will about Rift and SWTOR, at least they make an effort to give the player some value for that $15/month.

Posted: Jan 17th 2012 7:15PM (Unverified) said

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@Warsyde You're saying SWTOR does that based on, what, the 3 and a bit weeks since it was released? Let's see how fast new content patches are coming in 7 years, shall we?
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Posted: Jan 18th 2012 12:56AM (Unverified) said

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@Warsyde Are you really using ToR as an example? It's been out for a month. Guess what? WoW released 1.2 their first major patch a month after release too. Know why? Since MMO devs know it's a good idea to put a patch out when the 30 days are up.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:15PM (Unverified) said

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Aside from the first six months of the game, Blizzard's content cycles have always been ludicrously slow. It's really appalling when you look at the numbers. As a WoW player, it's the #1 reason I've always hoped that another company would actually compete with them -- so they'd actually be forced to put stuff out quicker. But so far no one has been up to the task.

Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:26PM Faction 3 said

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I actually remember the first 6 months pretty well, that was when they had all the "Class Patches", those were really the only ones to come out at a decent rate.

Since then, its extraordinary how long it would take, and even more amazing is that about half of it is rehashed garbage they put in years earlier or at Launch.

Onyxia comes to mind....
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 8:35PM Brockobama321 said

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@(Unverified) Rift has done a great job at that. Same style of gameplay, better company, better patches, better content, more content, better game.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2012 6:16PM Laren said

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I enjoyed my time in Wow. It was fun. I'm also glad those sentences are in the past tense.

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