You lot get a Bond song as a title today. Just because ^^
I made a prediction on the last Extended Maintenance, that's we'd see the PTR up yesterday. Unsurprisingly (and not for the first time) I was incorrect in my assumption. However, there's still one belief I'm holding onto rather tightly:
@AlternativeChat I tell you one thing though, I think it could be the biggest content patch we have ever seen outside of an x-pac launch :-)
— Ravenlol (@Ravenswordx) March 28, 2015
I think Raven knows what I do, that the Movie is coming and with it there has to be something to prepare the ground in-game. Effectively, 6.0-6.1 is all the same wodge of plot. It covers a static period of time in Draenor, where we establish ourselves as a defense force and eliminate the previous threat that bought us to the place (that Garrosh guy.)
After that, who knows what happens next?
I think I do. I believe we have our pivot, and our focus for what happens next, and they've been here for quite some time.
Gul'dan, by Alex Horley,
from Heroes of Warcraft
The end boss for Warlords may have been revealed as Grommash Hellscream as far back as Gamescon 2014, but a crucial turn of events in the Legendary Questline has now placed the motivation behind this choice into a far more interesting proposition than it was previously. We are also aware that Gul'dan is already a part of the cast for the Warcraft Movie:
|Daniel Wu plays Gul'dan in the Warcraft Movie|
The biggest single issue in my mind is how Blizzard intend to tie the thread between game and movie with enough strength to reel in new players who have never tried the former and will have just seen the latter on screen. You need a common enemy, it occurs to me, someone who is so powerful and frightening that there is an instant and desperate need to defeat them at whatever cost. That means that Gul'dan isn't going to be caught by Khadgar and us at the end of the Legendary Questline, quite the opposite. Again I can see us involved in a pursuit, and the more I think about it the more I'd personally lean back towards Azeroth as our destination... but we know Blizzard won't press the reset button and send us back to an Alternative Homeworld...
We know that for certain, right?
How excited do I STILL get at the thought they might be about to reboot Azeroth altogether?
|Postcards from Azeroth|
There are other practical considerations to grasp in this equation: would new players REALLY want to have to level to 100 before they were able to hit the new stuff (heck no) which means we'll see a 100 boost pretty soon. Once the token goes in and is live there's nothing stopping all those people with lapsed accounts coming in for a look either, so I'd argue that might not transpire until 6.2 is established. The more I think about it, the more I firmly believe that the next patch will be the Expansion's last, and we will see Blizzcon trail the NEXT Expansion as a direct film tie-in.
That means there's only seven months to wait, folks :D
Just think about that, and how long it will take most of you in high-end raiding to have Blackhand on farm. I reckon the timing's just perfect. Now the question becomes, just how much do we get in 6.2. Who am I kidding, that's not what everyone wants to know, is it?
Is it time for 6.2 news yet?