Rumor: Retailers pegging World of Warcraft: Legion’s release as June 30th

    
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The cycle has begun. Every time a World of Warcraft expansion doesn’t have a fixed release date, retailers begin assigning a release date to the expansion, and people watch carefully because they might know something we don’t. Because they really might! So let’s kick this off: There’s now a rumor that Legion is coming out on June 30th according to retailers in Poland, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that these retailers are setting a date due to the way that preorders and such work in their individual systems, so it cannot be said with any certainty that Blizzard is considering a June 30th release. It’s worth noting that the date is specifically at the end of the month and at just the right point to technically be within the earliest possible release window. Still, feel free to speculate!

As an aside, this reporter would like to note that if this turns out to be correct, I called it.

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Estranged
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Estranged

All satire. :-)

ChrisFoster2
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Where exactly did you hear that DH can fly at launch? Never heard about this nor can I find it anywhere online.

DugFromTheEarth
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EQ2 tried to target more hard core mmo gamers of old. WoW tried to target overly casual and average gamers… ie the type that WOULD play an FPS or most any game for that matter. It’s one of the key elements that gives wow its bad reputation

thatchefdude
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DugFromTheEarth thatchefdude Greaterdivinity Obviously some people will buy both and sub to WoW and buy a starter pack for OverWatch….

But, I still think there is minimal crossover appeal between a standardized themepark MMO past its glory days, and a new FPS game….

I mean, do you think there is a lot of crossover appeal between EQ2 and Planetside 2?? And those titles can be played together for a single sub $15 all access plan…

I think WoW Legion could release one week after Overwatch and it would minimally affect sales of Legion boxes….

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SallyBowls1 ManastuUtakata 
Sowwy. It was that or some animated gif from shlag to help burn that in your memory forever…
…to be fair though, he may of skipped this article because it’s WoW related. /crosses fingers

DugFromTheEarth
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thatchefdude DugFromTheEarth Greaterdivinity Common logic says rubbish

WoW hasnt been an exclusive game for gamers for some time now. TONS of D3, HoTS, Hearthstone and Starcraft 2 players are all WoW players or WoW players taking a break until the next expansion. Other than during a new expansion, or a content drop, WoW just isnt a game that most gamers devote the majority of their time to anymore.

As for farcry vs division. Farcry is a single player game, designed without a lot of longevity beyond the designed campaign. Myself, and my gamer friends who own the game, beat it long before Division was released. (25 hours isnt that hard to put into a game in a 2+ week period of time).

The other key thing you are forgetting about.  WoW is subscription based. Subscriptions can inspire players to commit to the game stronger than a non-sub/single player game, due to the fact that they are spending money to play.  Most mmo players (especially WoW players) know this about themselves. Comments like “Im making sure that Ive got no other games on my plate when the expansion comes out” are common things I have heard personally from WoW guild members during past expansion pre-release times.

While WoWs expansion being released a month after Overwatch may not severely hurt the sales of Legion, or Legion hurt the sales of Overwatch, what it WOULD do, is take away a big chunk of Overwatch players, shrinking the player base… this COULD have a negative impact on Overwatch so close to release its release. Especially since BOTH are games that are online, and rely on players (unlike Farcry Primal).

Thats not saying that people wont buy both, and play both. Im one of those, but its doubtful ill be playing Overwatch that much come Legion, because it will require such a bigger commitment to play for the first month or two. Im pretty sure Blizz is aware of this, and that its not unique to just me.

thatchefdude
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DugFromTheEarth Greaterdivinity The players for WoW and Overwatch are pretty distinct, there’s probably not a ton of overlap there….

Just like UbiSoft released FarCry Primal on 2/23/16 and The Division on 3/8/16, two weeks apart for major releases, but very distinct player types…

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Unlikely, but that would be cool. 
I could use a little (more of the same) something different. 
At this point I’m so tired of buggy indie games with not much polish. 
I’ve been playing Vanilla WoW on a private server as my ‘main MMO’ for quite some time now. 
Going back to WoW will feel like slipping into a warm, comfortably familiar bath.

theeknighthood
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I wish it was coming out that soon..

DugFromTheEarth
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Greaterdivinity Another reason why June is unlikely…

Overwatch comes out officially at the end of May. 

I really dont think blizz will hurt their OWN sales only a mere month after releasing that game.