At this weekend’s BlizzCon, Blizzard reps reiterated to fans and journalists alike that while the company is already working on the next World of Warcraft expansion, it’s also aiming to deliver patches at a high rate of frequency — including the 7.1.5 patch, the massive 7.2 patch, and even the 7.3 patch to Argus.
“[W]e’re setting ourselves up to be much more flexible in the amount of patch content we create,” Game Director Ion Hazzikostas told Kotaku, as just one example. “We’re making sure that we’re always gonna be working on the next step, the next link in the chain. To keep our players engaged, to make sure there’s always something new to do in Azeroth. The expansion will be done when it’s done. […] It’s more about making sure we have a contingency plan in place so that when it’s done, there hasn’t been a gap.”
Long-time MMORPG players and WoW fans and particular have heard all this before, over and over. We’ve had a lot of time to reflect on words like these in the multiple content gaps that have come before. So what do you really think? Will this time be different? Can Blizzard really keep up a rapid cadence of content all the way up to the next expansion? Will we ever see a WoW content gap again?