3.3 PTR goes live (Oct 2nd), for a patch this size I reckon 4-6 weeks of testing before it hits the live. So we’re looking at Icecrown being live by mid-November, so that’s our Christmas content for everyone except the uber-l33t progression guilds who will have Arthas nailed in the first day. I hope they enjoy their break from raiding while the rest of us work on him.
Where does that leave us for Cataclysm?
I reckon we’ll see the open beta by mid-Feb at the latest, probably sometime in Jan 2010. With a planned release somewhere between Easter and Summer. I’m personally pitching it closer to Easter.