Nothing like having pure white hair and no wrinkles to look that special brand of fantasy cute!
Thanks to Blizzard making a presence at PAX East this past weekend, we now have shifted from a larger launch window for Battle for Azeroth (summer) to a much more specific date (August 14th). Other than being somewhat earlier than I had anticipated, I don’t think that this really stunned me or anything. I mean, we were discussing a family vacation in either July or August this year, so now I might lean for the former, but other than that… cool? I guess?
At the turn of this year, I really thought Blizzard would be pushing the expansion off as long as possible for testing and whatever makes that studio take forever getting content out, but now it feels somewhat different. That the studio had a good pace going with Legion patches — 2017 was an excellent year for WoW in that regard — and it didn’t want to leave us with too long of a content drought.
Now that we have a start date for Battle, we can make more concrete plans for the coming months. At least for me, it’s the time to assess what I want to accomplish and what I have time to do. Let’s look at the timeline here:
- It’s still early April.
- We’re due for a pre-expansion patch around a month before the full expansion goes live, so call that mid-July
- Then the launch on August 14th
That means that there’s probably a good three months or so before we get any new content. It’s enough time to level up a character, provided that one starts now and doesn’t dally. Might not even need that long, if you’re not really going to be that concerned with finishing Legion campaigns.
It means that there’s only a few months to keep making money with order halls before Blizzard shuts off the gold faucet there. It means that in four months, our artifact weapons will be kaput (or even three months, if that’s what’ll happen with the pre-expansion patch).
At the very least, I’m going to try to keep the money train going as steady as I can. I have two more allied races to unlock and some campaigns to finish. I’m feeling the urge to seriously work on a Horde character so I can have that “other side” experience for the expansion, since it’ll be more factionally divided than before.
Anyway, I’m excited. Should be a fun summer and give us a nice start into the fall!