So after the Firelands-being-moved-back-to-4.2 announcement a lot of folks are a bit miffed/confused/frustrated/hopping mad (delete as applicable) by what we’re going to be getting content-wise in 4.1. Countless threads have popped up on the World of Warcraft forums and Zahrym was kind enough to spell it out for us:

The point isn't really that we're delaying Firelands so we can release ZA/ZG instead, or because we don't think players are ready for a new raid. Our messaging on the subject directly implies this, and that's our fault.

What we're really saying is that we want more frequent, slightly smaller updates to the game so that content keeps coming. Since Firelands isn't quite ready yet, we've made the decision not to hold back the other 4.1 patch content for it. Instead, we're going to release patch 4.1 with the content that's ready to go so the majority of players have more things to do, while also putting some finishing touches on Firelands so we can ship it out in 4.2 shortly thereafter. We're not arbitrarily holding back Firelands. On the contrary, we don't want to hold back other content updates for Firelands.

The main content features currently planned for 4.1 are:

Zul'Gurub revamp

Zul'Aman revamp

New level-85 Stranglethorn quest line (phased) leading players into the troll dungeons

New tier of Heroic dungeon gear (epic item level 353) to give players a slightly bigger boost going into raids for the first time

New & updated flavor items, vanity pets, and mounts

Guild Challenges (new guild quests)

All of this is in addition to a number of UI improvements, class balance changes, and more. We'll have more information on the patch 4.1 features coming soon. :D

I admit, personally, much of this feels like recycled content or stuff which we take for granted. After all, when exactly has reskinned mounts been a big content draw? We got so much more in 3.1 and 2.1 but that said it’s nice to have clarification the matter and I am interested in the mysterious Guild challenges. That said there's a huge raid-shaped hole here.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016