Some big chonky preorder options have become available for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Dragonflight – with an interesting clue towards when we can expect to actually play the most scaly of expansions.
Four different editions of Dragonflight are now available via your preferred method of purchase – be they digital or physical:
- $50 ‘Base‘ edition – Comes with the the expansion itself, as well as a pre-purchase in-game pet
- $70 ‘Heroic‘ edition – As above, but includes a unique flying mount, ANOTHER special pet and a character level boost
- $90 ‘Epic‘ edition – Includes the same goodies as the two initial version, but now also comes with additional cosmetics (wings and a speccy hat) as well as 30 days game time
- $130 Physical Collector’s edition – EVERYTHING you see above, but also includes a range physical goodies including an art book, mouse pad and collector pin set
Blizzard has wasted no time in showcasing the cosmetic doovers for any and all dress up enthusiasts:
The curious part of all this is where the preorders state that we can expect the expansion “on or before December 31, 2022.”
For some this can feel a bit shocking, considering that there has been no real indication of an Alpha in progress – and we only have 6 months left before we hit “on or before December 31, 2022.” Die-hard enthusiasts take this as a cause for alarm – given that a rushed product can often be concerning for the players trying to enjoy it.
However there are also a reasonable amount of indications that the expansion is further along than we might expect, with a smattering of initial feelings that the nature of this expansion is one that isn’t wholly dependent on new, bespoke systems.
One user on Reddit even timelined the ‘life-spans’ of expansions, to try and address those who feel they may have been trying to rush through the Shadowlands expansion:
Many are simply hoping that the player-centric systems that form the core of Dragonflight are ones that have been built with longevity and ‘fun’ in mind. A great many criticisms levelled towards the previous Shadowlands experience took aim at ‘borrowed power’ systems reaching a critical low point, and story beats feeling predictable and unsatisfying. My own interview with the developers of Dragonflight have me feeling quite positive – but really it comes down to what is delivered on the day.
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