legionSo Legion is due out in August, late August, making the end of the first line of this blog post utterly predicable: what the hell have Blizzard devs been doing? I’ve accused myself, on more than one occasion of being repetitive, but Blizzard seem to be trolling themselves…and us. “We’re sorry about the length of the Icecrown Citadel patch, we won’t leave you without new content so long again,” Blizzard told us as Wrath of the Lich King drew to an end and Cataclysm was released. Remember how long Dragon Soul was live? Siege of Orgrimmar at the end of Mists of Pandaria? 14 months for Hellfire Citadel? Seems traditional…

images.duckduckgo.comBlizzard white knights will be saying the same thing as was said to me last summer before “6.3” came out: “I don’t mind if the next expansion is good and released smoothly a bug free.” I couldn’t type my response quickly enough: bug free?! What, like Warlords of Draenor after the fifteen month 5.4 content drought? If Blizzard claim they have their largest development team ever working on the next expansion and they’ll release when the game is ready not to align with the holidays to maximise revenue I’d suggest some people need sacking. Warlords of Draenor was the worst expansion release the World of Warcraft has had.

While we’re on the subject of development teams what exactly are the World of Warcraft devs doing? I’m not being sarcastic or criticizing their work (at this point). It’s a serious question. This big development team all started working on the Warlords of Draenor expansion fifteen months before it release. I would imaging development was already underway before that, perhaps even before the Mists of Pandaria release. So why was The expansion release so bad? Why did the game retain most of the problems (Ashran) that beta testers had all pointed out. What did go so catastrophically wrong, I will as again without hope of ever finding out, that Blizzard decided to throw in the towel and stop development of Warlords content and switch it’s attention fully to Legion. If you dispute that claim please simply look at the Warlords content patches, look at them and compared (as I have done for you) with content patches from all previous expansion. It’s not that we’re on patch or more short, but that two of them do not (by Ion Hazzikostas’ admission) qualify as “major” content patches: they’re bug fixes, an in-game selfie cam and Twitter integration. Interesting, fun and useful but hardly major new content.

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So the biggest development team World of Warcraft has ever had all began work on Legion almost immediately Warlords was released. How is it then that at the end of the worst, most content light expansion in World of Warcraft history, that Blizzard are hanging it’s dwindling community out to dry with a fourteen month final expansion again? The last line of this post is as predictably as the first: Legion (after all this investment of development time at the cost of current expansion content) better be bloody good.