So, long, long ago so long that some of you weren’t on the forums yet I used to do predictions posts. Where I would make mildly educated guess and throw my thoughts and predictions out into the wild and see how things turn out.
I stopped doing them shortly after I started datamining. I felt like I couldn’t properly predict without either using that information to my advantage or ignoring it actively making predictions I knew were incorrect.
But right now I have a rare opportunity. There are no new characters in the files and a few hints were dropped in the Dev Q&A on Friday. So I can make some completely unfiltered Predictions! Most of this falls apart if the release schedule hasn’t actually changed lol.
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So I would firstly expect Patch Notes on the 8th of September and thus an update on the 12th of September to bring in the next bit of story/rank/level progression. Probably little else in that update.
Prize Wall Starting September 21st
With the revelation that new Prize Walls start the day the previous one ended the next Hero after Rose releases on September 21st. That means patch notes on the 15th most likely. However they have announced Prize Wall Heroes really early sometimes like they did with Statler and Waldorf. So during most Patch Seasons we usually tend to get at least one new character for one of the franchises. So: Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, The Emporer’s New Groove, Tangled. Now none of them have any hints from the Dev Q&A (at least as far as I picked up on) but my thoughts is this: they’ve been doing a lot of DTVA lately. Maybe we get a character from Tangled: The Series? But honestly I feel like the most obvious choice would be Kuzco or The Screenslaver. So Patch Season 11 will most likely continue until October 3rd.
Patch Season 12/Shop Refresh for October
I’m not really going to try to predict what all the franchises in the Patch Season will be or who will be in the Shop Refresh. But I do have a few Patch Season 12 Predictions. In the Dev Q&A it was implied that DHBM will do something to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas. So October makes sense to add Nightmare Before Christmas to the patch pool. Maybe Monsters Inc if we’re going for spooky? I also think we may get American Dragon: Jake Long added to the pool soon. More on that later. Patch notes for this would probably be on September 29th, with the Shop Refresh. Probably no Patch notes on September 22nd. This puts the update releasing on October 3rd. But Because the next Prize Wall Begins on the 5th these Patch Notes would also feature a new hero.
Prize Wall Starting October 5th
This will either be a random character, tie in to one of the other franchises or a new Nightmare Before Christmas character. Due to the new release pattern there will be second Prize Wall during October/Season 12. But if we say it is a new Nightmare Before Christmas Character it is probably Dr. Finkelstien or if they manage to give him his own skillset it could be Zero. I once gave Zero a skillset where he was paired with another character as duo. But I don’t realistically see them pulling from the extended material. I would like to throw out that if it isn’t a Nightmare Before Christmas character, it’s probably a villain. Disney villains in October is huge thing across the board for all Disney properties. I think Cruella is a major one we haven’t gotten. But I need to point out a recent pattern in releases we haven’t touched on yet. We have yet to get a franchise patched that has only one character. Pocahontas was patched through the Princess category. But various other franchises have received a second character just in time to be added to a Patch season. Like Tiana being added and then we got Princess and the Frog in patch season as an example. So we could get a character (Maybe a Villain) from a franchise we only have one character from. For example, Ratigan or Dr. Doof. What it ultimately boils down to is: two characters will release in October. One of them is very likely to be a Nightmare Before Christmas character. The other I personally think will be a Villain possibly from a franchise that has very little in game rep. The Second Prize Wall in October will start on October 19th.
So, I think we may get Sox at some point before the year ends. During the Dev Q&A it was hinted that may be getting a Cat character (or cat characters) before the end of the year. It has also been a while since we got a Pixar character (March 30th, Chef Skinner) or a rep from a Pixar movie we haven’t gotten in the game before (January 5th, Luca & Alberto) so we are likely due a new Pixar character. No those two facts may be unrelated and we will get a different Pixar character and a different cat. Though I feel like noting Mr. Mittens even though he’s not super likely. I also feel like noting just Mittens who is far more likely. Just Mittens is for those who don’t remember the cat from Bolt. Continuing the whole you need 2 characters to get your franchise patched, Mittens would make sense considering we only have Bolt from Bolt. I threw out Mr. Mittens for the same reason. Mr. Mittens is the cat from Soul. But to be perfectly honest whenever we get a second Soul character, it will probably be Joe, and if it isn’t, I would guess Moonwind before I would guess Mr. Mittens I just felt like throwing that out there because he is a cat. I guess we could honestly end up getting the “Wildcard” category thrown in to a Patch Season eventually. But I prefer to imagine that they’re going to add second characters to all of these franchises.
As much as my predictions for October largely dictate that a Nightmare Before Christmas character is coming in October it’s worth noting that a lot of the previous Nightmare Before Christmas characters have released in December and a major character we don’t have is Santa himself. We could get 2 characters yeah, or we could get 2 Disney villains in October and get Santa (or Sandy) in December. If we’re going off the theory that they’re going to introduce more 2nd characters for franchises with only one character, we could see a new Coco character in October or November. Mainly Hector or Dante but that could easily end up in next year instead.
I made huge post somewhere about how Cars characters are possible and just because in December 2022 the community manager at the time said they were having trouble and don’t know if they would ever be able to get them in the game doesn’t mean it’s impossible or not happening ever. The devs had trouble with Kermit, Kim, Belle and Lumiere but they all eventually came to the game. It’s worth noting that during the most recent Dev Q&A when Cars was asked about (At least twice) the devs did not respond unlike with Kim, Kermit, Belle, Lumiere and Captain Salazar. Which could suggest Cars is back in active development. However they didn’t respond to questions regarding Marvel or Fox and I sincerely doubt they have permission to use Marvel and Fox in the game now. So think of that what you will.
Lately every few character releases is something completely unpredictable. Something strange and unexpected. So if you remember my old predictions posts here is the fun part. Where I stake a wild claim and we see how wrong I am later. I really enjoy doing this. I know it will be wrong to some degree so I have fun with it. Don’t take this part too seriously. Unless I’m right, then you can take it very seriously.
Kuzco or Screenslaver
Cruella? (Less Confident) or Dr. Finkelstien
Ratigan or Dr. Finkelstien
Hector? (Less Confident)
Arlo? Mater? (Something Unpredictable had to go somewhere in here)
Sandy Claws or (Something??? IDK)
This is, obviously just me throwing darts in the dark. The release schedule might not have permanently changed. We might see more changes to the release schedule or other things I haven’t thought of. This is all in good fun. For those who weren’t there back in the day, I did get a few things right sometimes. But usually things didn’t turn out how I predicted them. Well I look forward to seeing how this turns out. I feel like I didn’t include enough characters that would make people go “Did anyone really want that?” But whatever.