Some WoW Fans Are Begging Blizzard To Delay Dragonflight

The release of World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Dragonflight, is far closer than most players expected, with Blizzard recently confirming the expansion to be on track for a 2022 release.

That wasn’t news many players in the game’s community expected to hear. After all, when Blizzard announced Dragonflight back in April, it made sure not to give any kind of release date or window, instead telling players it would arrive when it was ready. “When it’s ready” is apparently very soon, as in “before or on December 31, 2022” soon.

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Fans are also pointing to the idea that for the first time in a long time, Dragonflight won’t include complicated “borrowed power” systems that usually need extensive testing due to their complexity. In Legion, it was Artifacts. Battle for Azeroth had the widely-hated Azerite gear system, and Shadowlands had Covenants. Each of these features essentially added all the new-abilities and progression systems to each class. That won’t be the case in Dragonflight. While the new expansion will include new talent trees more reminiscent of WoW’s early days for each class, they aren’t tied to any other kind of new progression system, which will hopefully mean they will require less testing than other recent expansions.

That could just be wishful thinking, however. Because players haven’t yet been able to check out the alpha, it’s currently impossible to say what kind of state Dragonflight is in or if it looks to be ready for a release by the end of this year. Blizzard has made good on its word recently to incorporate more player feedback into WoW’s development, with players making significant recommendations and contributions during testing for the game’s 9.2 patch that made their way into the finished product. One can only hope that testing for Dragonflight will be approached in a similar way. Fans, for example, already have some feedback about the new Dracthyr race. But if Blizzard rushes the game out the door to hit a 2022 release, extensive testing might not be possible.

Given the reception to Battle for Azeroth and the early days of Shadowlands, players are desperate for WoW to be good again. That begs the question, would Blizzard really publicly announce a 2022 release if it wasn’t confident it could stick to the landing? As the community’s reaction has shown, players are more than willing to give Blizzard more time. Whether Dragonflight does arrive in 2022 as planned or is ultimately delayed is anyone’s guess, but longtime fans of the MMO simply want Blizzard to get it right this time around, even if it means delaying Dragonflight into 2023.

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