What’s the most popular MMORPG activity around besides guessing if that mostly naked elf you’re dancing with is really female (hint: no) that everyone is doing? Guessing the release date for Blizzard’s expansion! This is a fun for all ages kind of show, and has the user base in a Furor. Ha! I made a silly in-joke there, you can tell I haven’t had my morning Dew yet, can’t you?
Anyway, if you peruse the beta forms, and you’re welcome to do so since they are not secured, you’ll see posts ranging from “Almost ready!” to “Um…so where’s my content?” That hasn’t stopped retailers from selling it. My favorite has been EBGames, who originally estimated the release for March 27, 2006 (this was shortly after BlizCon) and has continued to slide the date slowly south. Out of morbid curiosity, I went a-wandering the web and found some dates the sellers are currently shucking.
Of course, let’s start with the official Blizzard site. Oh..wait. Can’t. They don’t have it for sale yet. It’s entirely possible that it is some marketing gimmick, but if the people who make it don’t have it listed or an official release date yet…
Next up, EBGames. 11/28 is their current stance, and they’re sure of it! Mostly. Well kinda. But they’ll take your money anyway. Also, you can preorder Vanguard (isn’t that 2 years from release?).
Amazon disagrees and says 11/22 is the date. This is the day before Thanksgiving, so should this be the date, people around the world will be awfully sad since mail stops the next day. Postmen want turkey too.
A site called OnlineKeys will give you the CD key on Thanksgiving (11/23), which will only be useful if you have the game downloaded. I wasn’t playing it at the time, but I seem to recall the release’s downloads to be a bit…slow?
NewEgg has it listed, but you can’t buy it. It says PreOrder, but no date listed. But, like everyone else selling games on the ‘net, they’ll have it for sale. Sometime.
Wal-Mart agrees with EBgames, and will let you pre-order it. Those who know Wal-Mart’s stocking policies know that should you show up to your local store a day or so ahead of time, it’s entirely possible that the stockboy has already put it on the shelf. It’s only happened five or six times so far.
eBay has hundreds of them listed, which is entertaining considering no one has one yet. With costs starting at $49.99 and up well into the hundreds, you get someone else’s preorder. Which I’m not really sure how is better than one you can get yourself. Except that you have to wait for them to get it, and then send it to you. Er…ok.
Pork bellies have nothing on this speculation. If I could only get my hands on two, I could sell the other one for (switches to Dr.Evil voice) One…million…dollars!! Or not.