The big news this week — before the PAX East stories start flooding in, I imagine — is that World of Warcraft finally announced the release date for Legion: August 30th. Blizzard had promised “summer 2016,” so this was about as late as it could push the date and still look as though it was keeping its word.
August 30th is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it allows the studio over four months of testing and refinement. Considering the subscriber drop-off and black eye that Blizzard got over Draenor, the studio really needs to produce a home win here, especially with its renewable endgame content. Second, that date is right around the time of some other big conventions, such as PAX Prime, so you can bet that Blizzard will be taking advantage of those for some added publicity.
Want to take bets whether or not Blizzard will announce a new expansion in November? I sincerely doubt it, but hey, there’s always the potential for surprise.
Anyway, it also means that this won’t be the summer of Legion. If any other studios have some releases brewing, getting them out in May or June might give them a good couple of months of breathing room.
Me? I’m totally fine with the date. Assuming that in four months I’ll still be playing WoW in some capacity, it’ll be a good time for an expansion release. I have a lot to do between now and then, especially on my new Death Knight. I’m test driving one right now and am hoping that she’ll become my main, what with the cool creature summons and pets.
My goals in the next four months are to get her through Draenor’s quests (I was about halfway through on my Hunter), make as much money as I can through garrisons for some WoW tokens, and then go back through previous expansions — most notably Northrend — to find some cool-looking cosmetic gear for the new transmog wardrobe. If I only had a month, I don’t think that would’ve been enough time. But four months? Yeah, that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.
If the DK doesn’t end up sticking, then my Hunter is a solid fallback. Finish up Draenor on her, gear her up some more, and clean up Northrend for gear. She hit level 100 last week and shot up in gear item levels, mostly thanks to timewalking dungeons. When those are dropping ilevel 675 stuff left and right, that makes a huge difference when you’re sporting ilevel 580s. I’m running heroics every night to complete the inn quests, and I just unlocked the schematics for the level 3 inn due to that.