According to World of Warcraft's lead producer, J. Allen Brack, The Firelands raid won't be available in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm's first large content patch as previously planned. In an interview with Eurogamer, Brack said, "We feel like the player base isn't really ready for the next raid yet."
Players who raid in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game were a bit taken aback by the announcement, and forum rumblings tell a different story as it seems a lot of people are waiting very impatiently for a new raid tier to satisfy their hardcore interests. The Firelands will be a 10/25 man raid, now releasing with patch 4.2, located in Mount Hyjal where players will once again fight off the molten forces Ragnaros.
Brack also mentioned to Eurogamer that Blizzard intends to change how they release their patch content, saying, "Our plan is to package features into smaller content updates and release them as soon as possible, rather than wait and release larger updates more infrequently."
So now that the Firelands are out of 4.1, what's going in instead? The answer is quite interesting. We're getting two brand new heroic dungeons, Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub. For veterans of WoW, these new dungeons may sound familiar, as both ZA and ZG have been featured in WoW before as raid dungeons, and now they're being revamped into 5-man heroics.
Patch 4.1 should be hitting in about two months time but there's no word yet on when patch 4.2 is coming with The Firelands.
I am a bit ambivalent towards this news. On the one hand, yes we'll have to wait quite a bit longer for The Firelands which sucks. On the other hand, with Blizzard changing its patch release philosophies, we might see a lot more content much faster than ever before which is a good thing. Once 4.2 is out and everyone forgets they were mad about it in the first place, this change will probably make a lot of people happy I'd say. What about you?