Originally Posted by ColorSpecs
"I'll be more specific. Will there be a traditional instance cluster offered during the course of the xpac cycle?"
Reply by sapience
"No. There are no plans to do so. Big Battles are our new instanced content."

Even after reading the part about big battles being only one tool of many to convey and live the story, and that future expansions may go back to traditional instances, I have to say this direct and honest post reply is the biggest punch in the gut I've experienced playing this game. No plans to create any traditional 3 6 or 12 man instances for over a year?

The helms deep experience (aka hytbold 2.0 with grouping), class revamps, and then.....festivals? Sounds great.