This news is shocking for gamers, who were hoping for the game to launch at some point in the early 2023 time frame, given the timeframe for release for previous expansions, a planned prequel novel as well as the fact an alpha version of Dragonflight isn't yet accessible for testing on the game's test environment. When Blizzard released the news about the expansion back in WOTLK Gold April, the company made sure not to attach the date, or even provide an announcement window for Dragonflight as well, with WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas stating Blizzard was using the "when it's available" strategy for the expansion's launch.
If Dragonflight does arrive on the horizon, it's expected for major changes to WoW with major changes to the game's class abilities and professions, along with a brand-new world to discover. It will also include a new playable race, the Dracthyr, that--for the first time in WoW's history--will only have one class, namely the new Invoker with a focus on spellcasting.
Dragonflight will have a lot to prove after its poor Shadowlands expansion, but Blizzard seems to have learned a few important lessons. Blizzard recently brought cross-faction groups to WoW to help with content such as raids and dungeons first time. They have also been working on incorporating more feedback from players by establishing the WoW Community Council, which is a player-focused WoW Community Council.
Dragonflight will be the first WoW expansion to be released since various lawsuits and investigations have been reported about an suspected "frat boy" workplace culture at Activision Blizzard, which prompted the WoW development team to alter older in-game WoW content which could have been seen as a problem. Activision Blizzard is currently in the process of being bought by Microsoft in a $69 billion cheap WOW WOTLK Classic Gold deal.