BC Release Date (Mostly) Set – Jan 07

wow[World of Warcraft] Assuming you play the game, you probably already know this, but release date is set for sometime in January. I’m happy to be proven wrong in my assumption that they would go for the money. Assuming EBgames server ever comes back online, I’ll even buy a copy now. For those who can’t wait, there will be a 1.13 patch giving some of the BC content early, which should hold a few of the less-ravenous over. The guilds who had planned for a Nov release (such as some I read who had taken 3 weeks off at release time *boggle) probably aren’t pleased.

Speaking as a gamer though, I’d rather wait for a finished product. Official press release after the cut, should you desire.

Blizzard Entertainment® today announced that the release date for World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade™, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, will be in January 2007. By adding a few extra weeks to the development cycle beyond its original target date, Blizzard will be able to extend the closed beta test and further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm surrounding World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and we’re excited about putting the finishing touches on all of the new content,” said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve.”

Blizzard began the closed-beta phase of testing on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade earlier this month. The January 2007 release window will allow extra time for current beta testers to participate in the final stages of development and continue providing valuable feedback.

Further information on specific worldwide release dates, pricing, and other details will be announced in the near future.

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Jaded old gamer, and father of gamers, who's been around long enough. Still, he's always up for giving the Next Big Thing a whirl.

7 thoughts on “BC Release Date (Mostly) Set – Jan 07”

  1. Doh!

    Anyone who takes even a day off at patch day (or an estimated release date) is either a silly optimist or just keeps forgetting what it feels like to be poked in the eye with a sharp stick.

    Is the chance to be bitter because you’re wasting your time off trying to get onto burning servers really worth it?

  2. Better to take time off from playing the game instead…. have a good book you want to (re)read, maybe some movies to watch.

  3. As if 2 years wasn’t enough time. I like finished products too, but if my boss told me about a project last year and then presentation time came with me saying I need more time for polish, I would be fired.
    Sounds to me like Blizz purposely postponed or just flat out slacked on the development to combat other games that are going to be released 1st Q 07; with players wrapped up in BC through March, less people will pay to play the new games.

  4. My friends in the alpha and beta always said that this was a 1Q07 release. The alpha was a relaxed pace – and these are people who have done many alphas and beta with Sony before expansions and understand the process. Last week’s comment about the 67-70 game being unlocked in 2-3 weeks sounded either casual or apathetic, depending on your point of view.

    They’ll probably lose some subscribers for it, and they obviously will lose the xmas battle, but I’m sure they will come up smelling like Benjamins, regardless.

    I’m happy about it, but probably because I’ve only been playing 8 months. In that time I have, as a casual gamer, leveled 4 chars to 60 and am working on my 5th. I can only imagine that after 2 years it gets old. But more time in development means that constant downtime after release is less likely, usually.

  5. World of Warcraft is the number one retail MMO in history for one reason…

    Development commitment. They tested way too long before retail launch, according to most enthusists and review sites, but those of us who were testing it saw the writing on the wall… The game was not finished It was laggy, buggy as hell, lacked any sigificant content path and many of the fundamental mechanics were very, very flawed. They listened, tested, rewrote, repatched, listened some more, tested more and the pace was relaxed, the atmosphere was fun, and by open beta, there were so many people in the Beta, it was as if we were retailing anyway. They had slowly built their release game and developed the community internally before they made their formal launch.

    I alone convinced about 20 friends from my former EQ guild to buy it on 11/23/04 because I told them it was an amazing game during Beta. Multiply that times the 250K people they let be a part of that testing process throughout the WAY overextended alpha and beta phases, and you have you reason why WoW exploded like it did.

    They know how to make a game. They know that if you launch BC and it doesn’t live up to 24 months of hype, they will lose 20% of their player base and not make significant gains from new subscriptions. They also know that if they release a superior expansion, they will make massive gains in subscription numbers and other titles like LoTRO, Vanguard et al will not have nearly the subscription draining effect that they might otherwise have.

  6. I’m glad I didn’t pre-order yet. My friend pre-ordered it here (here being college) because he thought the release date was going to be November (it was the date given out…GameStop was, as usual, spewing out its questionable facts as if they were hard facts). I had remarked to him before he let me know the release date is November that I’m waiting for a release date before I pre-order because I don’t want to be on Christmas break and pre-order it here at college, which is 2 hours away from home (3 for him), and be screwed.

    I’m glad I waited. He might be screwed for a couple of weeks if it’s released in early/mid January.

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