A Busy Thursday in August for MMOs August 14, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Blizzard, entertainment, EVE Online, Sony Online Entertainment, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Here it is Wednesday night and I am wondering what I am going to post about tomorrow. I have several choices, as tomorrow appears to be a busy day in the MMO world.
At 9:30am Pacific Time (16:30 UTC) Blizzard is going to do their big announcement for the date for the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
That is the date people have been waiting for… and predicting would come early or earlier… since the beginning of the year. My own pick back in January was September 9th, a date judged as pessimistic by some. Now I am going to guess November 18th, right near the 10 year anniversary but just before the holiday season begins in the US.
Blizzard will also be showing us the cinematic for the expansion, which will no doubt be much discussed, but won’t tell us much more than the story behind the whole thing.
Then just a couple hours after that, at 20:00 UTC (13:00 Pacific Time), CCP will be holding their own live stream on their Twitch channel to present the next expansion for EVE Online, Hyperion.
So far this has been billed as the big “fix wormhole space” expansion. I didn’t even know W-space was broken, but players will work whatever system is in place.
Sony Online Entertainment
Then in the evening, at some point past 19:00 Pacific Time (2:00 UTC) SOE will be having their SOE Live Welcome Keynote address.
This will also be on their Twitch channel, though SOE is trying to get people to put down $20 for their channel, so I am not sure what you get for free.
While we probably won’t get much in the way of details, this is the likely point during the event for any big announcements. This will produce news, and I will be watching the EQ2 Wire blog for a summary. (And they have a list of streamed SOE Live events.)
And at some point today BioWare will be launching the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion, Galactic Strongholds.
This will be the housing expansion for SWTOR and I will be interested to hear what path they have chosen for this and how players react.
Addendum: Or maybe not. I thought there was a live stream planned for today about housing, but I must have dreamed it. Probably for the best.
Meanwhile, Gamescom is still running in Germany and I haven’t checked to see if any other developers have decided that the second Thursday in August is THE day to announce something, but I won’t be surprised if somebody else is on board.
Which announcements will you be paying attention to?