World of Warcraft 'Draenor' expansion coming by December 20

Blizzard's pre-order page for the Warlords of Draenor expansion to WoW promises that it will be available "on or before" December 20.

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Blizzard's pre-order page for WoW's Warlords of Draenor expansion tucked away a release detail for the expansion. It assures that it will release by December 20, narrowing it very slightly.

WoW Insider notes that the page on Battlenet promises it "on or before December 20, 2014." That's awfully specific, especially given that the release window used to be a much more broad 2014. It also solidly puts it within their fall target.

Given that pre-orders have already begun, however, it seems likely the expansion will hit sooner than that. This date gives us a deadline that Blizzard has apparently self-imposed, but it's doubtful the studio plans to wait that long if they can help it.

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    March 12, 2014 5:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, World of Warcraft 'Draenor' expansion coming by December 20.

    Blizzard's pre-order page for the Warlords of Draenor expansion to WoW promises that it will be available "on or before" December 20.

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      March 12, 2014 5:07 PM

      Jesus, so it might be over a year between the last patch and the next expansion? I thought they were redoing their development process to release stuff more quickly?

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      March 12, 2014 5:16 PM

      I know people want the new shit NOW, but is this a red flag or is there a silver lining? I mean, is it that their new features and changes are so massive that they need this extra time or is this just a sign that Blizzard is wonky?

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        March 12, 2014 6:12 PM

        probably want to wait a bit after the d3 expansion, don't want to compete with itself

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          March 12, 2014 6:43 PM

          Those dates are like nine months apart for games that have completely different business models. Guaranteed they've released stuff closer together than this before.

          Still hoping for maybe an August release. In the meantime, no need to keep my subscription running, I guess.

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        March 12, 2014 7:20 PM

        It's Blizzard... and from what I've heard, they are ramping up production on WoW to have bigger and more frequent content patches between expansions. It might just be that they are getting multiple teams up to speed and some of the expansion features are taking longer to polish.

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      March 12, 2014 7:33 PM

      It looks like they may do another Ruby Sanctum, like they did in WOTLK. I don't imagine it would be anything on the scale of Isle of Quel'Danas, but who knows.

      https://twitter.com/Abrosiabi/status/443101457034661888

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      March 13, 2014 2:38 AM

      It's due for Fall 2014. December 20th is the last day of fiscal Q3. The expansion will probably be released much earlier than that.

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      March 13, 2014 5:20 AM

      They needed Wildstar to reveal their date, which did immediately after Blizz said Dec. Now they can plan accordingly.

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      March 13, 2014 11:14 AM

      Blizzard sure is working on a lot of things that aren't Legacy of the Void......sigh..... I mean sure I bet there are other teams but I bet Legacy of the Void is further away that I'm hoping it is.

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