By now you’ve seen that the redesigned Heroic
five-player dungeon versions of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub are on the PTR,
featuring all-new boss mechanics, updated epic-level loot, and some rare
mounts for players to try to tame.
You may be asking, "where's Firelands?”
Our goal with each major patch release, and especially with each
expansion, is to learn from the past and use that knowledge to improve
the game as we move forward. One of our biggest regrets in the pacing of
Wrath of the Lich King was the Crusaders' Coliseum. The Trial of the
Champion 10- and 25-player raid was released while many raiders were
still busy with Ulduar, which meant a premature end to Ulduar raiding --
and a lot of players didn't get a chance to experience all of Ulduar's
content during the normal expansion progression.
Having learned that lesson in pacing from Wrath of the Lich King, we
don’t feel Cataclysm needs a new raid tier just yet. We’re close,
though, and Firelands will be part of patch 4.2, which is expected to
hit the PTR very soon after 4.1 goes live
One of our long-standing development goals has been to release more
regular content updates for you to enjoy. Our plan is to package
features like raids, dungeons, and daily quest hubs into smaller content
updates and release them as soon as possible, rather than wait and
release them as large but infrequent updates. Our first significant step
in this direction will be Cataclysm patch 4.1, and we hope the rest of
our content updates moving forward follow this model.
This new flexible approach to updates allows us to release content like
Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub so that you'll have more challenges to overcome
while we make the flames of Sulfuron even fierier and this second
showdown with the Firelord even more climactic.
While we know that some raiders feel prepared to smack down the Firelord
once again, releasing an epic raid dungeon before its time would, in
the words of Ragnaros himself, be "too soon!"
If firelands isn't being released why are people finding all of this content?
A good amount of development progress had already been made on Firelands
by the time we decided it would be better to release it in the
following patch. Because of that, a lot of information about what is now
considered 4.2 content was already in the game files for the initial
4.1 PTR build. This just reinforces what Bashiok said about 4.2 being
scheduled for release on the PTR shortly after 4.1 goes live.
Development for both patches is currently well in progress.