In a rare move today, Blizzard held a mini-event, the sole purpose of which was the cinematic and release date for the next expansion in WoW. As always, I got goosebumps as soon as it started. I really got goosebumps at the end when I saw the construction of the Dark Portal. That was just one of those jaw-dropping moments in the grand scheme of things, which is good because the developers have made it clear the Dark Portal plays prominently in the expansion more so than it did during The Burning Crusade.
The release date is a little earlier than I expected. I know their original suggestion was sometime in December and so that’s not a huge stretch. Still, based on the latest numbers (which showed another 800,000 subscribers lost) Blizzard no doubt at least wanted to get players talking about the next expansion’s release date. I don’t normally put stock in subscription numbers, but it seems strange for Blizzard to have a day like this that isn’t BlizzCon. It says to me they might recognize numbers are still strong, but almost half of what they were at peak. So get the community talking even more than just the beta, and perhaps some of those lost numbers will be reconsidering their November gaming plans.
November 13th and the cinematic weren’t all we were shown this morning, though they were arguably the most important. I enjoyed the first episode of Lords of War, and have long thought a WoW animated series would do well. The dark tone definitely makes it hard for a television sell, so making it a digital series works well. It makes me hopeful they’ll do more than just this series.Without going into things fully about what we saw and heard, I’ll share just a couple thoughts:
- I’m not a hardcore PvP’er, but I love the idea of Ashran! Being able to loot half of someone’s currency just screams cheshire grin. It almost makes me regret selling all my Owned! loot cards. UBRS. Dead Leeroy being hilarious and all, I’m excited about the chance to try out the new dungeon before the expansion launches.”Death Knight like start zone.” I better have the option to skip this after the first go. To this day I like the Death Knight class, but going through that great zone more than 3-4 times is like onion juice poured on my eyes.Garrisons. This feature I really don’t want much to do with. I haven’t followed much about the beta information thus far, but I will be disappointed if it turns out to be a “must do” in order to play and enjoy the expansion.
As of late, I’ve been pretty quiet around here, mostly due to being busy. I’ve been playing WoW sparsely, but enjoying it enough. My thoughts have wandered plentifully towards Warlords. I wouldn’t have had Pandaria if not for the kindness of others. At no point did I really look forward to the contents. This time has been different, but by not tapping into the beta information I haven’t had anything to enhance my excitement further. Until today. What I saw, for the most part I very much liked. Most importantly, with my son going to school in September I will have a couple of months for any further preparations for the game, should I desire to be there on launch day.