It looks like August 30, 2016 will be the ship date for the WoW Legion Expansion.
People have been asking the “when” question about the expansion since it was announced, myself included. Look at the poll on that post. I thought dates past July 2016 were not even worth mentioning. Eventually we got the target window of summer, which using the calendar they have on the wall down in Anaheim, meant as late as September 21, 2016.
(Cue the inevitable comment about the dates for summer between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer.)
Optimists felt that this left open the ability for Blizzard to ship the expansion with the Warcraft movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 10, 2016. Others, myself included, were more inclined to believe that the release would come much closer to the end of summer. Maybe not on the last day, but within a month would be about the norm for Blizz.
And now we have the date. On the scale of between-expansion gaps, that puts WoW Legion at the faster end of things, with the average being about 719 days.
- WoW Launch to The Burning Crusade – 784 days
- The Burning Crusade to Wrath of the Lich King – 667 days
- Wrath of the Lich King to Cataclysm – 754 days
- Cataclysm to Mists of Pandaria – 658 days
- Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor – 778 days
- Warlords of Draenor to Legion – 670 days
Of course, it isn’t the gap between expansions that hurts Blizz so much as the inevitable year long dry spell when no new content is introduced before the next expansion hits.
With the expansion date now out and about there are two additional things I am waiting to hear about.
The first is when the pre-launch patch is going to hit, as that usually ushers in the story and often includes limited time events. True believers will resubscribe for that.
And the second is somebody complaining that Blizzard has deliberately chosen the date to mess up some other game’s launch. It really isn’t a WoW expansion without that.