Blizzard announced today that, much as they released Patch 2.0 for all players shortly before Burning Crusade was available for purchase and play, they will be launching what they call a content patch containing many of the game-wide changes from Wrath of the Lich King before Wrath of the Lich King is actually available.
Among the features included in this patch:
- New class spells and talents
- Hunter pet skill revamp
On the one hand, this is just great — the sooner we can get at the pet talent trees, not to mention exotic pets, the better. (Leveling a new hunter alt has suddenly become a lot less fun for me, as I realize exactly how much work it is to run around collecting Bite 2 and Claw 3 and such.)
On the other hand, I hope they give me enough time to get Petopia updated. (I also hope that there’s not too much of a gap between this pre-Wrath content patch and the release of Wrath itself, because otherwise I’m going to have to separate out all the Northrend pets and that will be annoying. But I digress.)
Now this announcement is not unexpected. It makes a lot of sense for Blizzard to separate the chaos of the mechanics changes from the chaos of half the players all trying to upgrade their accounts at once. But the timing of the announcement — or rather the timing in the announcement — is causing something of a stir. To quote Eyonix:
In preparation for the expansion, we will be issuing a new content patch in the coming weeks.
Leaving me to ask Blizzard: Err … guys? Is that coming weeks like eight to twelve weeks (which would fit my notions of when the expansion will be launching)? Or coming weeks like in a couple of weeks, in which cause I need to get off my butt with Petopia — and no offense, but so do you, with the pet skill damage and threat passes!
Well, I guess we’ll see.