04/28/2011 05:04 PMPosted by BashiokI think the thing to probably take away from this is that content is not infinite, and so we have to look at everyone who plays the game and try to be smart about where we focus this finite pool of development resources we have.
We've been hearing that a lot lately, and the fact that this hasn't been an issue in the past is exactly why all the rumors of WoW developers moving over to Titan keep popping up. Something has definitely changed if all of a sudden you guys are having to focus so hard on focusing your efforts.
Looking at WotLK, there were 8 months between Ulduar and ICC (with ToC at about the 5-month mark). We're about a week and a half away from hitting 6 months since Cataclysm released. Even if 4.2 breaks all the records in terms of PTR time, we probably won't see it for AT LEAST another month. That's an incredibly optimistic estimation that I'm basing on the hat-eating comments earlier in the thread. Puts us at 7 months from Cataclysm release to Firelands hitting. Yeah, one month faster than ICC, but it's got 5 fewer bosses and there's no ToC inbetween.
Somehow, last expansion, you guys managed to put out 17 new bosses (which were all quite challenging) in 8 months time. Now we're looking at potentially seeing the same amount of time, maybe a little faster, with 10 fewer bosses?
BTW - wasn't this whole "make sure everyone can see the content" thing exactly why heroic modes were implemented?