So now it's official - Blizzard has made the statement that Burning Crusade will not be ready until January. Why? Let's look at that moment
Draenei: They have no mount vendor. The mount models are done, but there's no vendor. Blood Elves have theirs.
Blood Elves: They have no way out of their lands. LVL 20s in the EPL? No thanks! Draenei have theirs. The "Dragonhawk Flying Mounts" are bats. The Silvermoon City graveyard is in a section of the map that is blocked off - unable to enter or leave - alive or dead. If you die and end up at the GY at Silvermoon City, you have to rez at the GY and hearth out.
Outlands: Only 4 of the 7 zones are open to testing - that's 3 unfinished zones, or almost HALF of Outland. Plus all the instances are partially unfinished. Kharazan, Caverns of Time, and the raid wings of the Outlands instances we can access (Hellfire Citadel, Coilfang Reservoir, Auchindoun) are not finished and not open to testers. There's mobs that are broken. Mobs that clicking on them causes you to crash to desktop. The servers crash constantly. Mobs without textures or that are invisible. Many of the quests are marked as "PH" - or placeholders... need I go on?
In short... this game isn't finished. Yes, I think most of us are sick and tired of WOW and want to experience new content, but BC isn't ready for primetime. Trust me.
The new loading screens! You have no idea what a pain in the ass it was to capture these. :P
Eastern Kingdoms - hmmm Prophecy, Felheart... and Judgement? Yeah that's fair. :P
Kalimdor - battle of the cleavages! Green vs Purple! Battle to the death! No, seriously, I really like how the Nelf looks.
Outlands - this is used for Outlands, and the new racial zone areas.
No, I didn't play beta much last night. I was at an MD appointment and in an AQ raid most of last night that took everything out of me. But I do want to relay a concern.
I keep hearing people talk about quitting the current endgame content in favor of the new stuff. This is really alarming to me. I really want to experience the Twin Emps, C'thun, and all of Naxxramas. The way people are talking now, no one will be doing them, and I strongly suspect Blizzard is sadistic enough to make the new T4 content require T3 gear. I want to get my 3 60s geared out in T3. But right now it sounds like people are giving up - it's too hard for them. Don't people realize that you'll need the gear from these places? I have yet to see any drops in Outland that make me think that T3 gear will be outmoded.
In the end of it all, why do I like to raid? To see new content. Have I seen any new content lately? No. And I miss it. I think that's why so many people are dying to get into Outlands. Their tired of grinding MC and LBRS. Every week I hear of new friends and people I know getting Beta invites. Have I seen them in game? With the exception a gnome I know, I haven't met a single familiar person there in Beta from any of the places where I raid. Meanwhile I need to go back and spend some more time on my priest grinding money. She's almost broke again.
I feel very depressed about my normal WOW characters. Are they ever gonna see Naxx content? I got my priest Naxx attuned - will she ever use it? Only time will tell, I suppose. I'm gonna go deal with some RL stuff, talk to you all later on.
Silvermist Leafsdawn, signing off for now.
- Beta Update: October 25th, 2006