Apparently Mike Morhaime, Blizzard co-founder and CEO, said "we have said that it will be coming out this year," but "I can tell you it's not coming in the July to September quarter." This info is coming from WoWInsider. It is a little unusual to get this type of info since Blizzards standard response to release date questions is "when its ready."
However, the time frame he provided is not a shock at least to me. Any smart business man would want to try and include their product in the holiday shopping season. I also don't think they want to go two years between expansions. It will be very close as it is but It will look much better at a high level to say that BC came out in 2007 and WotLK came out in 2008. This would be a little misleading but everyone knows business and PR people are not above spinning the facts.
Anyway, none of that really matters, but it has prompted some thought in the release date. I think most WoW players like me have put some thought into it and have a guess as to when it will be released. Well, I want to make my guess official and list it in my blog. I encourage my readers (the millions that there are of you) to post your guess in the comments and other bloggers to post it on their bogs or in my comments.
So, lets get down to business. The date I am picking is:
I have picked this date for a couple of reasons. First, its a Tuesday. Second, I think October is to soon. From what I hear there is to much work to be done to have it out by then. I also kind of think the official release date will be announced at Blizz Con which is in October. Third, I don't think they want it to get lost in a holiday. So I think they will avoid releasing it before Thanksgiving, but I think they want to release it as far away from Christmas as possible to give it some time. With all that in mind 12/02/2008 seems to fit the bill.
There is no prize for guessing the right date other than bragging rights. Also, I don't think I have an exclusive claim on 12/02/2008. If you think that date sounds good feel free to choose it also.