Posted on May 25, 2010, Ron Whitaker World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Will Only Release This Year “If Ready”
One thing we’re all used to hearing from Blizzard is vague statements about release dates. They’re famous for using the word “Soon” to describe when something will happen. Heck, there’s an entire page at WoWWiki.com that describes “Soon” like this:
Soon: Copyright 2004-2010 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”
In a recent interview with VG247, Blizzard co-founder and Executive VP of product development Frank Pearce said the following when asked about the release date for WoW: Cataclysm:
“Hopefully. If it’s ready. If not, then we’ll hold onto it.”
It’s no surprise to hear this sort of thing from Blizzard. After all, they’re notorious for holding onto products until they are completely satisfied with what they are releasing.
One other thing from this interview pertaining to WoW that I found intriguing was Pearce saying of the 11.5 million users for WoW, “I don’t think 11.5 million is a peak, necessarily, but there are certain things that we need to do and need to do well in order to see it go further.” If they go much further, they’ll have to hire some more people to help count all the monthly fee money coming in the door.