Still no spoilers

Until this point I have kept myself out of the loop on Legion.  I have not looked extensively at class updates.  I have not taken even a single glance at the Artifacts or the Class Halls.  I can tell that these are works in progress and so I have covered up my ears and said la la la la to keep from seeing them in an unfinished state.

With the announcement that Legion will drop on August 30, I expect that the game will move into beta by May.  At that point I’ll probably start looking at the way things are shaking out.

If I get invited into the beta I will play it.  I have been in the beta for the past several expansions and I try to do my job and give feedback, find bugs, etc…

On that note…

I’ve been playing WoW for a long time.  Is it my memory playing trick on me, or is this extended “alpha” testing new for Blizzard?  Hear me out…

In the past few expansions, the beta test populations have gotten larger and larger.  People have come to think of beta as early game access, rather than testing and bug fixing.  I suspect this might be frustrating for Blizzard.  When folks don’t get a beta invite, they get angry. (entitlement issues)

How does Blizzard fix this? They could just give out fewer beta invites.  However, that will alienate or anger an already dissatisfied player base.  So instead they run their usual beta testing but call it “alpha”.  No one is angry because there’s no expectation to get invited to a limited alpha, and they are waiting for the beta and their inevitable invite.

When the game does finally go to beta, lots of invites go out and it is essentially early access in everything but name.

So is Blizzard just changing the names to keep everyone placated? Lets see how many of us get into the beta.


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