Still, one of the things I keep seeing repeated is the following line:
"The next expansion should be released with a "meaningful difference" in the release timeline compared to previous expansions."Maybe it's just me, but when I read this, several red flags go off in my head.
First of all, we're getting the Deathwing patch already. Doesn't that seem fast to anyone? I hardly feel like we've gotten rolling. I suppose I expected to visit other elemental planes first.
I keep seeing comparisons to Ulduar. Shouldn't we be making comparisons to ICC? Isn't this raid supposed to be this expansion's ICC? We're basically going, Naxx (The three initial raids), Uld (FL), no ToC, ICC (Deathwing). Does anyone else feel like we're missing a step? Not that the ToC step will be all that missed, but it did sort provide a chance to catch our breath and set up for ICC. I wouldn't it mind it sped up, but having fully expected "steps" removed bugs me.
Maybe that's an unfair comparison though.
Another red flag is that they keep strongly hinting that we're going to get another expansion a lot sooner than in years past. I think it's pretty safe to assume that they mean to announce it at Blizzcon and then perhaps release it next year. That's almost a full year early.
Does that mean we're going to get a break on price? Before, I was paying a large amount of money (in addition to a monthly fee) for (essentially) two years of content. I'm okay with that, but is it fair to the consumer to expect them to pay the same amount for essentially one year of equivalent content (on top of a monthly fee), with no real explanation (other than: hey, faster is better, right?)? At what point is this worrisome?
I'm not usually one to cry wolf around here. I don't really like to complain about being "nickle and dimed" or anything, because I've generally felt like we've gotten good value for what we pay. Lately, however, the cost per hour seems to be going up. Drastically. A strategic change like this would represent a 100% increase in expansion pricing.
Maybe they plan to give a discount, though. Or give some bonus, neat swag with the purchase (discounting the swag-free digital release, since isn't that just another patch?). Maybe the quality will be completely superb, even better than we've become to expect (however, I think one could make a valid case that quality has been declining. Still great, but perhaps a bit of a slide from what once was).
At what point should red flags be waving?
I only ask because I've not see this asked elsewhere. We all seem to be taking this projected news in stride without blinking an eye. I'm not trying to be a cranky old-timer here, I just think I have some valid concerns about what seems to be a major paradigm shift. Change can be good, but I'm always wary of it. I'm willing to adapt and I'm not going to sit here and glorify the olden days, but when something is wrapped up with a "this is what you want" package, I find myself having to ask:
Is it really?
You tell me. Surely, this has piqued other minds.