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WoW: Postponement + Postponement = Boom, the next expansion!

September 16, 2021

No, I didn't look too deep into the glass this time, but too deep into the crystal ball when I got the idea for this speculation column. The idea is not even new, because my dear colleague and lore goddess Tanja brought it up in her news about the postponement of the Sylvanas novel: the postponement of the book has to do with Blizzcon. Tanja suspects because of WoW Patch 9.2 and possible spoilers. I'll go one step further and say: because of the new WoW expansion and possible spoilers!

The BlizzCon Period

It is already clear that BlizzCon 2021 will not take place. Blizzard officials have put the kibosh on an on-site event and promised to make up for it in the spring of 2022. And if we're being honest, we've already had a BlizzConline this year, even if it was considered rather disappointing by some fans.

Now the postponement of the Sylvanas novel comes into play. Because a BlizzCon (with a few very early Blizzard convention era exceptions) is usually held on the first weekend of November. That would be November 1 and 2 in 2021, but keep in mind that BlizzCon takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in our time, meaning the opening day would still be an October, on top of the 31st, and thus Halloween. So a BlizzCon in 2021 would more likely have started on November 12. The Sylvanas novel would have been released on November 9, 2021, so it would have been right on track, regardless of which weekend BlizzCon would have run now. But ... as we know, BlizzCon 2021 is cancelled.

The BlizzConline Period

What exactly will be held in the spring of 2022 to replace the November BlizzCon is unknown, as is an associated date. All that's been announced is "Spring 2022." Assuming the folks at Blizzard follow the BlizzConline schedule for the event, whether it's real or digital. Then this event would be held on February 18, 19, and 20, 2022; simply inferred from the fact that BlizzConline was held on the third weekend of February. And the new date for the Sylvanas novel? The 22.02.2022. Well, what a coincidence ^^ Also, a very nice sequence of numbers, don't you think?

Why not "just" a patch?

At the beginning I mentioned that Tanja is expecting an infodump for patch 9.2 in February 2022, and that contents of the Sylvanas novel spoil contents. February 2022 would already be really late for WoW (buy now 14,99 € )

Patch 9.2 ... if but not impossible. As I said, the Corona Pandemic has changed a lot, even in game development. However, then again a whole eight months would have passed without new content for the modern WoW. A patch, however ... doesn't sell as well as a new expansion!

Of course, the next BlizzCon, whether online or offline, is expected to announce the next expansion for WoW. And it would certainly fit in well with the financial bosses at Activision Blizzard, so close to March 31, 2022 and thus the end of the fiscal year 2021.

It

is likely that after the somewhat messed up patch cycle for Shadowlands, the WoW makers are now already working on the next content for the time after the Shadowlands; that is even as sure as the amen in the church. Somehow, the WoW machine has to keep running. An announcement at a Blizzcon in the spring of 2022, coupled with immediate pre-order options, a 6-month subscription mount, and perhaps a release before December 2022 would certainly make the money rattle in the coffers.

What about Sylvanas' role?

We know: In WoW Patch 9.1, due out June 30, 2021, Sylvanas is the final boss of the Sanctum of Domination raid. We also know that Blizzard's story writers can bring lore legends back from the dead at any time. And they're good with Redemption stories anyway. Is it so unlikely, then, that the Sylvanas novel could contain things that already reference the next big WoW adventure? Might there be a great battle between Light and Shadow? Will we discover the Nathrezim infiltrators on Azeroth with the help of the Windrunner Sisters? What of the Old Gods? Ny'alotha was nowhere near what I expected from the city ...

Or, the crudest theory of all, Sylvanas and Anduin fall madly (hahahaha, immortally) in love with each other, doing away with Horde and Alliance for good ... so ... well ... well ... I'll say no more about this brain fart for now then.

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