thc wrote:SecondTalon wrote:...Blizzard is capable of conceptualizing, producing, playtesting, balancing, and releasing an expansion in less than 8 month...
I'm confused how that has to do with anything.
In your belief that Blizzard did not, upon completing Starcraft or Diablo II, already have in the pipe the expansion that eventually came out, you are instead suggesting that Blizzard considered those games complete, allowed for some time to pass, came up with the expansion, did everything required to create said expansion, and ship it out to be purchased. Starcraft was first released on March 31st, 1998. Brood War (it's first Blizzard expansion) was released on November 30th, 1998.
So, in less than 8 months, by your assertation, they created Brood War.
Diablo II was released on June 29, 2000 with it's expansion coming exactly one year later, on June 29, 2001. So, again, in a year's time they conceptualized, tested, beta'd, and released an expansion having no inkling they would do such a thing on June 29, 2000.
But I'm just repeating what Rando has already said - that the belief that Blizzard released those games without any plans for an expansion is laughable. It takes too damn long to make a game, even if you're a shovelware company like EA. Blizzard has proven time and time again that they are not such a company.
The only difference I see is that they are announcing ahead of time that there will be expansions, and rather than splitting the single player game (of which you have no interest) up into three pieces by having a third of each race's campaign on the disc, they are instead focusing on a single race per chapter.
While I admit that I've done next to no digging myself, I've yet to see something that definitively states that each chapter will cost the same amount of money.