Blizzard revealed the roadmap for 2023, a rather unprecedented move in the history of World of Warcraft. In almost every previous expansion, content is announced and discussed one patch at a time, and the speculation for future content is all speculation and datamined. But in this case, it seems Blizzard is on pace for a full expansion release and nothing needs to be cut.
Usually each expansion has glaring problems and Blizzard works tirelessly to fix certain features and ends up having to cut content to focus on the next expansion in hopes of remaking certain systems. But Dragonflight has been such a success, it seems everything is in working order.
Everyone talks about the fantastic content release of Legion and the awful drought of Shadowlands. Blizzard is gong to work on making Dragonflight filled with content rhoughout the year, and not just on the big patches.
"In total, we are planning to deliver six content patches, fairly evenly spaced, over the course of 2023. This will include two major updates, the traditional pillars of our expansions—with new zones, raids, and seasonal rewards—but in between those, we want to keep expanding and evolving our world with new world events, updates to systems, and evergreen holidays, new dungeon experiences, new narrative chapters and cinematics that can serve as epilogues or as prologues to the next major step in the adventure, and, most importantly of all, more opportunities for us to respond to feedback and change or add elements based on what we're hearing is most needed by our players."
While not every update will bring brand new raids and dungeons, they will expand the story and give players something else to work on in the downtime.
"There will also be a 10.1.5 and 10.1.7 content update coming in the second half of the year, bridging the period between our second and third major updates. We don't want there to be any specific formula for the size or shape of these updates, but the goal is simply more Warcraft: more story, more content, more rewards, more events, more tech improvements, with less downtime between them. I don't want to spoil everything, and I'm confident that there are at least a couple of surprises coming along the way that no one is expecting. And some of the details simply aren't decided yet, because your feedback will help shape exactly what we prioritize in these updates."
When Does Dragonflight 10.1 Release?
Based on the roadmap, PTR, and datamined information, Patch 10.1 looks like a March or April release. Patch 10.0.5 will release sometime in January or February, meaning there will be a 10.0.7 patch before 10.1.