Which brings us to the release date for Nighthold itself: We are aiming to unlock Normal and Heroic Nighthold on January 17, 2017. Raid Finder wings and Mythic difficulty will release during the weeks following, which we will share more specific details on at a later time.
Nighthold =/= 7.1.5
Edit: To clarify a bit, and expand on something I should have mentioned originally – with this I meant the PTR is in flux, and there’s a lot of tuning to be done still prior to 7.1.5 and Nighthold’s release – but we also don’t agree that the state of the PTR is bad. We wouldn’t drop a patch with major class changes in the middle of a raid tier, as even we agree that would be silly.
In what comes as a surprise to me, but which isn’t really that amazing when you consider the timetable we’re now running on, there’s now a release date for the Nighthold. What isn’t clear however is when you’ll be seeing 7.1.5, because if it’s not on the table by January 10th, it might not drop until quite some time afterwards, and by that we could be talking March, which could royally feck up the plans for a quick and steady stream of new content. Ironically it won’t end up being raiding that screws over the plan for improving delivery times, but the need to make sure that classes actually play the way the designers are happy with.
There’s still quite obviously a bit of work to be done here.
The biggest unknown quantity in all of this, of course, is just how much in Flux the PTR is, and if the release is delayed until the Nighthold’s been conquered? What that means for other areas of content that will then subsequently be neglected. Bear in mind that Micro Holidays were scheduled to start next year (and have presumably been planned to be ready to go as early as the first week back in January.) If they won’t match up, and it becomes necessary to detach Nighthold from 7.1.5 completely? What could be the knock on effects of this that we’re not seeing?
For now, however, I have to applaud ActiBlizz for putting their money where their mouth is, even if the potential ramifications of such a move could end up being quite explosive.
Suppose I ought to try the Trial of Valor on LFR over Christmas, then.