Warcraft Cataclysm – The Release Date May Be Earlier Than You Think

Have you looked on the Warcraft forums recently? If you have you can’t fail to have noticed the amount of interest the next expansion is provoking. Hardly surprising given how good it currently looks.
One issue that has not been addressed is the time scale. Blizzard are famous for “ready when it’s ready” and that’s to be commended, but in this case it does leave a few questions unanswered.
Cataclysm is probably a long way off. Blizzard has announced that there will be no major content updates after patch 3.3 The Icecrown Citadel. If you are a player with characters currently doing end game instances this should raise some concerns.
So, no major content added between now and the release of Cataclysm (and patch 4.0). Let’s see if that is likely.
Looking back over the history of Warcraft updates, it follows a pretty tight pattern. Major additions in the form of “on tenth” increment patches or expansions are released every four to five months. The longest wait so far was between 2.4 and 3.0 (i.e. not including the “one hundredth” increments, they aren’t generally content additions) March 2009 to October 2009. Just over five and a half months.
I’ve checked retail and e-commerce sites and found that the most optimistic date for Cataclysm is “Quarter 4 2009”. The average date is “November 2009”. Optimistically ten months between content additions. So the timescale is probably a year.
No content additions for a year? Don’t get me wrong, I play in a pretty progressive Stock And Bond Market Indexes guild and we have some way to go in the Icecrown, but a year?
I can assure you of one thing, not just progressive raiding guilds, but just about everyone and their donkey will have exhausted the Icecrown well before November 2010. Will we all be sitting twiddling our thumbs with BiS items for all our characters for months waiting for the next content?
Does anyone seriously think this is what Blizzard have planned? Are they likely to let this happen?
In short, no. Let’s be sensible Blizzard is well aware of the game mechanics and the need for constant progression. It is the absolute lifeblood of Warcraft both as players and for Blizzard financially.
There are two possibilities.
Patch 3.4. Possibly re-envisioning some Troll instances to bring their Lore back up to date. Also giving the Worg a bit of a nudge to get them kick started or… 4.0 And Cataclysm will be out much earlier than expected.
Whatever you do, don’t go in WoW forums with either of these ideas. You will get hammered. They are not popular. But the people who call you “troll” (pun intended) are missing the point. Warcraft needs content to survive. No new content for almost a year? This is not an option for Blizzard or the games subscribers.
Which of these paths Blizzard will follow Financial News India is anyone’s guess Let’s wait and see.

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