Blizzard would like you to please give them some money now for their upcoming “all the dragon things we could come up with” World of Warcraft expansion Dragonflight.
Announced back in April (on 4/20 no less) you can roll up the dragon race to play the dragon class on the dragon island where you will fly around on a dragon and do all the dragon things with your dragon pals while seeing all the dragons and dragons and dragons dragons dragons.
I swear, if Hemet Nesingwary isn’t out there asking you to collect dragon poop it will be a travesty, because Blizzard is going so deep on dragons that I’m starting to wonder if they’ll have a dragon colonoscopy quest for us. We’re going all in, so why not go ALL the way in?
After the descent from “good” to “bleh” that was the Legion, Battle for Azeroth, Shadowlands expansion progression, I still need to be sold on this being more than a few gimmicks to get me to buy a box.
A more expensive box.
When I was looking at expansions and pricing and pre-orders back in late 2019, Blizzard was charging $40 for the base Shadowlands box, $60 for the Heroic option, and $80 for the Epic expansion ride.
But inflation is hitting in places beyond the gas pump, and Blizzard wants ten bucks more for each level now.
And then there is the physical collector’s edition box, which will set you back $130.
Once again, you don’t get a character boost with the base box, something we got the last time an expansion was $50. You need to pony up another $20 for the boost… though given the price of one ala carte is $60, that might be a deal if you feel you need one.
There are also some in-game pre-order bonuses, but you will need to have the Shadowlands expansion it seems. It is there in the fine print. A chance to sell even more boxes, though at least they’re selling some of those at half price right now. (Though if you shell out the $90 for the Dragonflight Epic edition you get a $20 copy of Shadowlands if you didn’t own it already. So I guess if you didn’t own Shadowlands and wanted a character boost it would be cheaper to buy the $90 virtual box. But I don’t need either.)
I guess if you’re really into dragons, you’re probably all in. But some of the things they’re bragging about are not all that impressive in the context of the game’s history.
Meanwhile, the most interesting part of the announcement is in the fine print, as it
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will be available on or before December 31, 2022.
I had written off a 2022 expansion launch for Dragonflight previously, just based on Blizzard history. Announce an expansion and ship it in the SAME CALENDAR YEAR? Unpossible!
But there it is, on the page, as immutable as any web content… which means they’ll change it the second they need to and maybe comp you a mount for your faith in pre-ordering if they do. I wouldn’t bet money against that happening.
I guess the plan for 2022 is Diablo Immoral for Q2, Wrath of the Lich King Classic for Q3, and Dragonflight for Q4, with whatever Overwatch 2 really is somewhere in the middle, and however many Hearthstone expansions they can fit into a calendar year. Oh, and Warcraft Arclight Rumble. How could I forget that?
They have to keep up the product roll outs to make whatever metrics they promised Microsoft when they signed the deal to be acquired. Remember that from back in January? It slips my mind some days, but all of this may soon be Microsoft’s problem.
I think I might wait until WoW is on the XBox Game Pass PC to come back to retail. We shall see.