Let me start this by saying I am confident that the 6.2.2 patch will be coming September 1st because blizzard has been overly cautious lately with so many of their "broken promises" complaints, and other public relation screw ups, this expansion. I believe they would not have announced a set date unless they were pretty damn sure that is when it would be ready. The last thing they need is more bad press.
It seems that I am not the only one that thinks that way either. Lore, one of the more liked of the community managers, seems to believe the same based on a recent post that warned us that it is possible it might not be on September 1st.
He, like myself, (I believe) is most likely sure it will be on September 1st, but he felt it necessary to protect the company he works for from more bad press and mentioned that unforeseen circumstances could happen that might delay it and for us not to take the date as set in stone.
The sad part is he should not have needed to say that, but he did.
I agree with what Lore posted, I agree that what he posted needed to be said, even more so now than ever before. Any time there is any sort of release like this there is always a chance that unforeseen circumstances can pop up and cause the patch to be late. That is just he way things are and we, the players, all know that. We have always known that. We have always excepted that and accepted the fact that maybe it might be delayed because it has happened before, rarely, but it is not unheard of.
I honestly believe that before this expansion, and the public relations nightmare it has become, they would have never needed Lore to come out and say that. If something popped up that delayed it they would have just made a post saying the patch was delayed a week. There would be some grumbling of course, and a few people calling for their heads on a pike, as always, but most of the community would have been willing to accept that "shit happens", which quite honestly, is the complete and total truth, shit does indeed happen sometimes.
So what has changed? Why did Lore feel the need to state something that everyone should know without the need of it being said?
Blizzards handling of issues this entire expansion and its communication with its player base has been dismal at best, and calling is dismal is being polite. There have been so many "promises" that were broken, so many hopes built up that were let down, so many ideas spoken about that went no where, and so much double talk and back tracking from representatives of the company that the player base just does not have it in them any more to just accept that something happened that would delay the patch. Even if they do know that it can happen in the back of their head, they can not, will not, (and perhaps should not) believe anything any representative of blizzard says any more.
The people have learned not to trust the company any longer and rightfully so. Blizzard, in a whole, has done nothing to inspire belief in what their representatives say. In fact it is quite the opposite. The player bases trust level is probably at the lowest it has ever been in the company.
So please, do not worry about the September 1st release date, it will most likely be fine. And please, do give Lore a break for warning people that shit can indeed happen. He is just telling us what we all should already know. The only difference is, that now, if he did not say that, people would all jump on blizzard saying they "lied" and all Lore was doing is protecting the company he works for from having to deal with that possibility, no matter how slim.
As I said, its sad that he even needed to say that, but he did. And he needed to say it because before this point, so far this expansion, all blizzards representatives have done is burn all the bridges of trust the player base had with them that had been built up over the last 10 years. That trust is gone, wasted, thrown away for no other reason than bad communication or misleading communication. So now, even the little things like this, the possibility that a patch could be delayed, which in the past went by unsaid because everyone understood that, need to be said.
I see people on the forums jumping on Lore for saying what he said and I can only scratch my head. People, you wanted honesty? He is giving you honesty. Sure, what he said should not need to be said, but he was right for saying it. Get off the poor guys back. The only thing he is guilty of is being honest with the player base with that statement. I know the player bases is not used to the representatives being honest with us so they forgot what honestly looks like, but Lore does not deserve crap for warning us of something we all should have been smart enough to know on our own.
Now, all I need to do is give myself a reminder to repost my flying post on September 1st.