I’ve been giving some thought to Wrath lately, and when it will be coming out, and I’m fairly certain we will see Wrath come out shortly before Thanksgiving. I have a couple reasons supporting that theory, and I’m gonna lay them out below.
Black Friday. Biggest retail day of the year. I really, honestly can’t see Blizzivision missing out on the opportunity to have Wrath on the shelves for Black Friday. It’s like a license to print money, and with all the fervor over Wrath, it’s like a license to print really, really large bills. Anyone have change for a million?
We’ve also already seen a press release(or whatever it was) that said Wrath was coming in Q4 2008. Now, a lot of people have said that Blizzard gave us a November date for TBC and blew it, and that is patently false. A placeholder date of November 3rd was posted on gamestop.com, and many people took this to mean that that date was the announced release date for the expansion. Blizzard never announced a date prior to the March date, and purposefully played their cards close on that. It’s how Blizzard rolls. However, now what we have is a date not given to players, but given to investors. That’s srs bzns right there. When you give a period like that to your fanbase, it’s fluid. When you give it to your investors, especially in the middle of the sort of merger that is going on with Vivendi and Activision, you might as well have had your hand on the bible, because disappointing the fanbase builds greater anticipation, disappointing the investors builds loss of capital.
Recruit-A-Friend. This new program debuted on August 6th, 2008. The triple XP period lasts for 90 days, taking us up to around November 6th, 2008. That’s 90 days of people furiously leveling alts while they have their triple xp burning. That’s 90 days of people focused on the game without having to raid, depending on far fewer people than you would be if you were doing 25 mans. That’s 90 days of time bought to help prevent unsubscriptions. That’s 90 days of stall.
So, yeah, I definitely think we’ll be seeing Wrath at some point in mid to late November. It’s where the money is, and the money rarely lies. Thoughts? Counterpoints?