When I saw the wave 4 announcement I totally could not believe it. Really, I saw some wave 4 thread and was like “Oh well might as well see what the totally un-informed speculation is” and then got the wave 4 info.
Heh, me too. I had been checking the news regularly, hoping for an announcement but not really expecting it. Then came that flood of tournament posts and I decided to take a break from checking the news. So I went to the forums and saw a Wave 4 speculation thread. I thought, eh, I'll read some more, then realized that while it was posted that day, it was already several pages long. I thought that was weird, read the first post, and immediately ran over to the official announcement. ;P
As for a release date? The only one I've really paid attention to was Wave 3, so I can't really comment on FFG's trends. I don't see why this wouldn't make it out for quarter 2 though, unless some unforeseen situations arise, which would be, of course, unforeseen. The problem is, quarter 2 is still a fairly decent chunk of time, and I learned from Wave 3 that the vagueness can make release dates as apprehension-inducing as delays. ;P
I think something people are taking for granted is that, the Waves are still the main release content for this game. If I remember correctly, they even said that all Waves will be this four ship format, and if they ever did any other kind of product, like a pilot card pack, it would be separate like the large ships and the Aces are. The side releases are there to supplement the main Waves, the Waves aren't there to fill in gaps for the supplements (although obviously they can shift things around if they think there will be a huge gap in interest they're not fond of). In Magic the Gathering terms, the Waves are comparable to sets/blocks, the large ships are comparable to multiplayer variants like Archenemy, and the Aces are comparable to something like Duel Decks, which release old stuff in new ways (and sometimes have new stuff).
New releases on their own aren't enough to keep everyone happy. I for one had been anxious for the Wave 4 announcement, because while I think the upcoming releases are neat ideas, I've already passed up on Interceptors as it is, and I have no need for large ships and alternate rules (at least not now, if they managed to do a fitting Star Destroyer, I could make an exception). I just wanted new ships for the base game, and that's what the Wave system is for (at least for now ;P ).
Edited by Jokubas, 10 February 2014 - 02:30 PM.