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Discussion > WoWJan 30, 2023 8:00 am CT

How fast is too fast a turnaround for World of Warcraft patch updates?

Patch 10.0.5 of Dragonflight arrived last week, bringing with it the Storm’s Fury event, the ability to transmog white and grey quality items, the forthcoming Trading Post, and — surprisingly — the announcement of patch 10.0.7. While the six-patch plan for Dragonflight in 2023 necessitates a quicker turnaround, it seems quite peculiar to have the next patch announced when the current one is still causing additional maintenance. While the patch isn’t on the PTR yet, there’s a strong indication that it will be shortly with an entry already present on the Battle.net Browser — even though the 10.0.5 PTR is still available as well.

Such a rapid turnaround of patch testing indicates the seriousness of the World of Warcraft development team to stick to the promised release cadence for this year, but there’s always the concern that their plan is making promises their staff (and the community) can’t keep. Patch 10.0.7 is light on content compared to a major patch — although the expansion of available Monk races was a pleasant surprise — but there’s still the issue that players can’t both play and test concurrently; PTR regulars aren’t going to want to be testing the return to the Forbidden Reach or the Human and Orc Heritage Armor quest chains while they still have to finish up earning Trader’s Tenders for the month. There’s also going to end up being required duplication of bug fix testing for the lingering bugs from 10.0.5 as they’ll have to be verified amidst the 10.0.7 changes too.

I want to be clear: I want the development team to pull this off. However, if it’s going to result in burnout, crunch time, and/or a slew of bugs, I’d rather there be delays. I’m sure the management team is keeping a close eye on the transition from 10.0.5 through 10.0.7 to 10.1 because that will be the real litmus test for the capability of everyone to maintain the schedule, and while they have not officially stated as such I’m sure there’s another “ripcord” they can pull to save them from themselves — let’s just hope they pull it this time if it’s obvious it’s needed.

What do you think? Am I be overly pessimistic about the patch turnaround? Am I jumping the gun by assuming patch 10.0.7 is imminent on the PTR? Or am I attempting an elaborate reverse jinx to make sure it all turns out ok?

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