I’m trying to work out whether I’m actually surprised or not. On balance, I think I still am. I read through Kaylriene’s thoughts on announcing changes to the Covenant system with a mere 30-days to go a few days ago and I expected launch would simply bull-ahead. We’re far removed from the days where Blizzard was known as the company that released when it was ‘Done’ and not a moment before.

But here we are!

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While I absolutely know people are going to get up in arms about this, so far the responses have been largely positive of Blizzard taking the required time.

As for myself — I think it overall a good call. It’s just a matter of working out what to do with my annual leave from work now… I kind of want to take it regardless, but that is a bit of a gamble. If it ends up releasing before the Christmas holidays, I won’t be able to take more leave.

But on the other hand, for us here in New Zealand, launch week has a public holiday on the Monday (Labour Day) — so being able to get 9 consecutive days off for the price of 4 is pretty appealing.

Hmm. Decisions.

At this point if I had to guess I’d say a late November launch for Shadowlands is likely, if they keep to the stated intent of still launching this year. We’ll see though, I suppose!