According to Blizzard employees Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Game Designer, and Tom Chilton, Game Director & Vice President, World of Warcraft: Legion is already in alpha testing.
MMOGames: When do you think you’ll go to Alpha and/or Beta?
Tom Chilton: Well we’re already in internal alpha and we expect the beta this year. That’s about all we know at this point.
MMOGames: Gamescom is clearly better than Blizzcon but do you think Legion will be playable at Blizzcon?
Tom Chilton: It’s very likely that the first playable tour of the world will be at Blizzcon. Certainly we’ll have some new stuff to show and new stuff to talk about.
MMOGames: Is the launch of Legion co-ordinated with the launch of the Warcraft movie?
Tom Chilton: We don’t know. They’ve changed the date of the movie a couple of times on us. Assuming that it is when they currently have it planned, it could be anywhere in that neighborhood, it could be before or after.
Ion Hazzikostas: Ultimately we’re excited about the movie ourselves. We’re fans when it comes to that and Universal are going to an awesome job with it but the release date of our game is when the time is right.