“A WoW expansion is not a single moment in time but a journey —we know that the merit of an expansion hinges on the sustained quality of its entire arc,” the update reads. Now, we know more of what that journey might look like.
Blizzard plans for six content updates in 2023, with evenly-spaced releases. We can expect two major updates that will expand the content, add zones, new raids, and new season rewards. Those in-between patches will update systems, bring back holidays and events, add dungeon experiences, narrative chapters, and introduce new cinematics. There’s room for community feedback to affect development too.
Update 10.0.5 is set for release early next year. This update is currently on the PTR, where you can test out the new Trading Post system. The Trading Post will let everyone complete tasks off of a themed list every month for a rotating series of new, free cosmetics. Also included in this update will be the Primalist Tomorrow area.
Later, the 10.0.7 update will be a robust one for content: “As the dracthyr return to their place of confinement (along with some unexpected guests) to learn more about their origins and their destiny. This content will set up the next major chapter of Dragonflight, and by its conclusion, it should be obvious what our next destination must be”.
There’s a graphic released with an overview of what to expect from the in-between updates, butLongdale also emphasizes that the team does have some surprises planned so they're not giving much away about these updates.
Still, there’s a big overview of how things will work if you’re on board with Dragonflight already or plan to be soon.