Eyonix posted in the Official WoW Forums yesterday that they intend to release a lot of new content in a patch prior to the WotLK going live.
We’ve speculated about this before, since before Burning Crusade went live we got to play with new stuffs also.
Here is the quote from Eyonix;
With the release of Wrath of the Lich King approaching, we wanted to provide you with some important information. In preparation for the expansion, we will be issuing a new content patch in the coming weeks. Much like the patch made available shortly before The Burning Crusade’s release, this content patch is designed to bridge current game content with that of the expansion and will contain some exciting changes and additions.
We have outlined some of the larger features scheduled to release with the patch below:
New class spells and talents
Barbershops in capital cities
Zeppelin towers outside of Orgrimmar and Tirisfal Glades
Two brand-new Arenas featuring challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles
Hunter pet skill revamp
New profession: Inscription
As mentioned above, this is not a comprehensive list, just some of the major highlights.
We’ll post the full patch notes as soon as they’re available.
Regarding Inscription, please note that all Burning Crusade players will be able to select Inscription as one of their two professions and level up to a skill level of 375 with it. Upon the release of Wrath of the Lich King, players who purchase and install the expansion will be able to continue leveling in Inscription and the other professions beyond 375.
I think, of course, that the biggest thing here is that he says “In the coming weeks”… which could easily mean October, so don’t go be getting your panties all in a wad just yet. Could be earlier, sure, just don’t go planning on leveling Inscription to 375 next week.
I personally am hoping that there will be some new quests or playable content thrown in, just as a teaser. Not the Northrend stuff, no, not new areas. Just some of the cute fun stuff like the quest they added in Heroic Old Hillsbrad to fight an optional boss to get a new hat, for example…. we have Brewfest coming, and Halloween, so there will be seasonal fun stuff to do soon, but I can hope. I love these special little things they add. I really do.
Still, good news to everyone that it won’t all be one crazy rush to simultaneously try out new Talents for a respec at the same time as you go out to level. We’ll get some time to adjust to our new gameplay balance.
And we can play and level Inscription to 375 if we want to. Very cool. As I remember, you couldn’t even GET Jewelcrafting without buying the BC expansion, so this marks a new direction I appreciate.
By the way, I should have known that WoW Insider was all over this, they posted about it late last night. Well, in my defense, at the time this was hitting the forums, all the way through when WoW Insider posted about it, I was in BRD… these attunements are kicking my butt.
I hate Marshall Windsor. That boy needs to wear roller skates. Pick up the pace, damnit!