Blizzard announced the launch date for the next World of Warcraft expansion this morning. Battle for Azeroth is slated to go live on August 14, 2018.
Of course, we knew the expansion was coming some time this year. The usual cycle dictates about every two years and when the pre-order came out the time frame was given as on or before September 21.
That would put the time between Battle for Azeroth and WoW Legion as 728 days, not the shortest time between expansions, but well shy of the longest stretch.
- 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
- Legion to Battle for Azeroth – 728 days
I personally had picked August 28 as the launch date back in my predictions for the year. Being off by two weeks will cost me 4 points when the accounting comes, but still not too far off. Either way, I’ll have time for a bit of a break before the pre-launch patch comes online and kicks of the starter events for the expansion.
We shall see if the late August launch will give Blizzard enough time to clear the decks and make WoW Classic a prime talking point at BlizzCon a couple of months afterwards.