The latest EVE Dev Blog by CCP Zulu is a discussion of the nuts and bolts of how the Incursion expansion is actually going to be rolled out. In short, while we’ll see Incursion at the end of this month, we won;t be seeing incursions until January.
The expansion will be rolled out in three phases; batches of miscellaneous improvements in late November and before Christmas, and the two “key elements” of the whole thing, the Incarna character creator and the Sansha Incursions in January.
The miscellaneous improvements that we’ll see by the end of the year sound nice, but personally I’m most waiting to see the new character creator, as I want to be rid of my old gimpy avatar forever. So I consider this a disappointment. And CCP can’t seriously paint this as “most of the expansion is coming out before the end of the year,” because the two pieces of the puzzle-as-advertised will be delayed until Q1.
On the other hand, I can see the reasoning. I’d rather see fully-realized, functional systems released late than half-baked stuff on time. This is something that CCP, much as I admire the way they do things, has been guilty of in the past.