Well, the big news of the day is the expansion release's delay until January of next year. I've just spent a good hour sifting through forums, blog posts, and general player reaction to the news, so let me see if I can't boil down the salient points for you.
Yay, a delay!
- Well, that's not quite true. No one's really thrilled there is a delay-- we all want to play the expansion as soon as possible. But there's a certain segment of players who weren't quite ready for the release-- they wanted to finish raiding through AQ, or get their alts up to 60, or
get a PVP rank while they're still here(whoops, never mind, the patch makes that a no-no), and now they have more time to do so.
- Lots of players are standing by Blizzard and willing to wait for new content. Blizzard has always put credo behind not releasing something "until it's ready" and there's every indication they're doing that here.
- Let's not forget Blizzard has also announced a new content patch before the expansion's release, including a new honor system, the new talent trees, and all kinds of other little extras. Releasing it before the expansion might give focus to something that would have been lost in the mix of Blood Elf and Draenei crowds.
- And finally, some players are glad Blizzard is avoiding the holiday season anyway. Not only are family and friends calling you away from Azeroth, but so are the PS3 and the Wii. If the expansion hits in January, at least that gives us a month to play our new $600 PS3 (before we abandon it for Outland, that is).
A delay? Blizzard, you suck!
- Sure, it's only a month-- it's no Duke Nukem, but a delay is a delay. Blizzard said Q4 2006, and now we find out they've messed up. And if they delay it a month now, who's to say that in January, they won't be saying Q4 2007? After all, we haven't heard a solid date yet, just "January"...
- A longer wait for the expansion means it's even less pointless to work for current endgame gear and raids now. Lots of players are already grinding a PVP system that won't matter in a month, and now they're grinding a PVP system that won't matter in three months.
- A few stalwarts planned their holidays around the release-- that's lost vacation time, and now my holiday plans are screwed!
- A delay just means the devs don't know what they're doing, say a few players. The talents sucked before the delay was announced, and there's no way they can fix those crappy talents in a month.
- A lot of players are sick of waiting already, and with all the great games coming out this season, Blizzard just lost their attention, maybe even for good.
But there's all the important arguments I could find for either side. Did I miss any? Are you thrilled or angry that it'll be 2007 before you see Outland? (of course I mean in non-beta form, you tester people you)