There really isn’t a whole lot of information outflow from Blizzard regarding Warlords of Draenor, besides an occasional tweet or blog post. However, when a company states that they will begin invitations for Alpha testing at a certain date, players expect them to uphold their word.
Well that is something Blizzard did not do. After previously stating in April that alpha invites will be sent to subscribers soon, the developers are now declaring a delay in Alpha testing for non-Blizzard employees.
In a twitter exchange, Blizzard’s Senior Community Manager, Zarhym discusses the reasons behind the delay.
@Tryvia Because we're not ready to start inviting the public yet. Doing extra polish on the first few zones & will get a build going soon.
— Zarhym (@CM_Zarhym) May 15, 2014
Apparently it seems quests need some polishing to better suit the quest chains for starting zones. As any World of Warcraft player knows, one quest leads to another in a whole series which ultimately completes all the quests of the zone you are in.
According to some conspiracy theorists, Blizzard tactfully delays its big announcements and releases in order to undermine other MMORPG releases. A clever method to keep the subscriber numbers high and it seems this claim has some backing to it as well.
Blizzard released patch 4.3 for Cataclysm a few weeks before the release of Star Wars The Old Republic, announcement about Warlords of Draenor alpha on the same day as the release of Elder Scrolls Online.
If the pattern is to be believed, Alpha testing for WoD might begin near the release of WildStar, an upcoming MMO from NCSoft. Zarhym however, was quick to shoot down this theory.
— Zarhym (@CM_Zarhym) May 17, 2014
Warlords of Draenor is the 5th expansion of World of Warcraft and is expected to be released sometime around December 2014.