Development of the upcoming mini-expansion (which we're referring to as 1.2.0 until the name is publicly revealed) is going really well! It's very different from Sacrifice of the Vaal, so we're really looking forward to seeing what you guys think of the new features and content once they're announced in July. We've recently been receiving a lot of requests for more information about when the expansion is scheduled for, so we've written today's news post to let you know what we're planning.
Our estimated release date for the mini-expansion is mid-August. This is a total of five months of development time, and it's going to be worth every minute. While it's far too early for us to tease its contents, we're very confident that it will be answer many of the requests of existing players, while also helping ease new players into Wraeclast. We've learned a lot from Sacrifice of the Vaal and have factored in masses of your feedback into the next expansion.
With the four-month Ambush and Invasion leagues ending on July 6 (NZ time) and the new challenge leagues being released alongside the expansion just over a month later, we are going to fill the one month gap with something exciting (probably a one month league or pair of leagues starting on roughly July 12). That month is also the period that we'll be ramping up publicity for the expansion and starting to reveal its secrets.
While many of you know that new Acts take more than a year to develop, I think it's probably best to clarify that Act Four isn't included in the August expansion. It's coming along really well, but even with a large team working on it, it's not going to be ready for release in 2014. We're basing another large expansion around it once it's complete. Damn our quality standards and ambitious plans :)
As we approach this August expansion, our rate of normal small patches is slowing down. For example, 1.1.5 is currently around 2.5 weeks away, which would place it a month after 1.1.4. Most of the content we're working on relates to secret stuff that hasn't been announced yet, but it will be soon! Thanks for your patience - we're looking forward to showing off the results of all this hard work!