So Blizzard have opened the pre-order for the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. The smaller text of the add mentions in passing that it’ll be launched this Fall (Autumn to those on the eastern side of the Atlantic).
This is hardly a shock, others have predicted it would take this long including many in my WoW guild. To me that’s reminiscent of the lengthy content droughts before other WoW expansions or between Moria and Mirkwood for LOTRO. Such content droughts were normal enough in the genre, at least until ArenaNet well and truly broke that mold (for good or bad) with the Living Story content fountain. Other MMOs have content releases on a semi-regular pattern as well; Rift was the first MMO to keep a monthly pace at least in my experience.
So the question to my mind is why on earth shouldn’t I just unsub now and save money? The pre-order items (instant level 90, mount, pet) are not of particular interest to me, so like with Mists of Pandaria, I will wait until after launch to decide whether to re-sub and buy the expansion. The idea that re-gearing a fresh level 90 should keep me occupied between now and November(ish) is laughable. Gearing my shaman as high as I have was painful enough since I’m a story focused player not a gear-achievement focused one. Yet Blizzard insists on locking the ends of stories in raid-content.
It boggles my mind that Blizzard haven’t reacted to the threat of other games with faster and more evened-out content release schedule.