Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3.3 Release predictions

With the coming of Thanksgiving, I can't help but wonder when 3.3 will be released. The gating system and (almost) completion of testing on the PTR realms leads me to believe that it will be very soon. However, a WoW Dev DID hint a few days ago that:
Quote from Daath
Re: is there a mirror for 3.3.0?
We only provide mirror links for full client patches. Background downloads do not count. You have around 1+ month to download this file so we're not really worried about your speed. :) (Source)

Does this mean that 3.3 is still a month away?
If 3.3 dropped exactly 1 month after that announcement, it would make the release date December 22 (23rd on EU realms), which is the week of Christmas. I have a very hard time believing that Blizzard would release a major content patch, even if it isn't the full instance, that close to Christmas.

My best guess is a few weeks earlier; either next week (December 1) or the following (December 8). This will give us December to work through the first 4 bosses and adjust to any buffs/nerfs and also give Blizzard enough time to finish off the Arena season. I would think that wing two of Icecrown would then drop right after New Year's, with Arthas FINALLY coming near the end of January.

Although I cannot WAIT for 3.3 and to finally face Arthas, I have to say that in this case anticipation is half the fun.

I will leave you with my guesses:
Patch 3.3 launch: December 8th
2nd wing unlocked: January 5th
3rd wing unlocked: January 26th
Arthas unlocked: February 16th


Zigi said...

What a terrifying quote. I'd hope that he meant to write "You've had around 1+ months to download this file..." which would make a lot more sense, and would not preclude the possibility of the patch dropping next week, which is my guess.

Vok said...

I'm on the next week bandwagon, two weeks tops.

Zigi said...

No patch out today :(

I guess Yigi's original estimates are gonna be right.

Yigi said...

Looks like my predictions of the 3rd wing are off: Blizz just stated that it will be available on January 19th.
Lich King 2 weeks after that?
Faster than I expected, more fun for everyone!