Well done blizzard.
Those are words I do not often get to say this expansion. It was very important, in my opinion, for blizzard to announce the new expansion at gamescon. If they had not done so and waited for blizzcon to do so instead than that could have meant they were behind on development again. After the long drought at the end of mists and a rather lack luster and fairly poorly received warlords being on top of things, or at least giving the appearance of being on top of things was very important for blizzard and the health of warcraft as a whole.
I will still say cataclysm was their worst expansion to date but warlords gave it a run for its money. In truth, it if were not for the fact I had so much dislike for cataclysm I could say warlords is worse. It gave us less to do and cost us more. That alone should rank it lower than cataclysm in the ranks. But there is one thing that can save warlords from taking that space from cataclysm as the worst expansion and that is if it does not last very long.
Perhaps with the announcement of the new expansion at gamescon that might mean that we will not be spending over a year in one raid. It still seems rather unlikely that will happen however, and that could push warlords past cataclysm on my worst warcraft expansion list if it does happen.
In the past blizzard usually releases the new expansion near a year after its announcement. If it is announced next week than that means, unless they really are developing faster like they keep promising they are trying to do, that we will have hellfire for over a year, like it or not.
Either way, it is a much better thing for us at players to see it announced at gamescon. This means that at blizzcon there will be a lot of work already done and probably beta will being at that point. We should also have a better feel for what the expansion will look like from there. Unlike what was announced at blizzcon for warlords and so much was changed, they will already be deeper into work on it when blizzcon comes around this time so perhaps they will give us a more accurate assessment of what we will end up with.
I hope that blizzard plays it right this time around, even just using certain wording so it does not appear as a "promise" to people. Like they said they were "promised" the capital cities that never happened for example.
With the announcement at gamescon and three months development time, on top of however far along they are already on it, when we see a full flesh out at blizzcon it should be a better representation of what we will end up with than the warlords presentation was.
I think the smartest move on blizzards part was the ditch the idea that warcraft can only be announced at blizzcon and instead they are announcing it when it should be announced instead of trying to stretch it out to fit their own convention schedule.
To that I say, well done blizzard, well done.
Now let the rumors begin. If you read here often, you already know what I think it coming, and I will be playing a shadow hunter (even if I think it should just be a 4th hunter spec instead).