Be more positive! The White Dwarf rules for Inquisition were awesome and the PA rules for GK weren't that many pages and still resulted in a fantastic update. These could be pretty good given the format doesn't really mean anything about the quality or breadth of this update.
I think it's worth being patient and positive.
I get the perspective and trying to not get down on it, but there are some realities that are just going to make this disappointing. Page counts kinda point this out. 1 page for doctrines 1 page for WT 1 page for relics, 2 pages for strategems, 1 page per datasheet to give DW access to any of the new units, and 2 pages for custom tactics, 1 page for points if anything new. They aren't going to devote 10-12 pages of WD to DW, so obviously things get left on the cutting room floor. Obvious losses would be any new units, custom tactics, and probably cut the WT/relic page in half and do 3 of each. Getting an abridged version of the things every other chapter gets is kinda.... disheartening.
Only real hope for this would be it coming out in conjunction with an online release of additional datasheets available to DW, but I think thats a reach, still a hope though.
Actually, nothing in that is obvious, because your speculation on the limitation of White Dwarf doesn't actually match reality. Page counts aren't as big of an issue as you seem to think. Why wouldn't they devote 12 pages to Deathwatch when the White Dwarf Indexes already exceed that number?
Just from the ones I own...
Inquisition was 23 pages, 12 of which were rules and datasheets
Assassins was 21 pages, 4 of which were rules and datasheets
Ynnari was 23 pages, 10 of which were rules and datasheets
Now, with PA, the Greater Good...
6 pages of rules for Astra Militarum and 4 pages for Ordo Tempestus
8 pages of rules for Genestealer Cults
Blood of Baal...
8 pages of rules for Tyranids
A White Dwarf feature can hold a faction's worth of PA updates because the Indexes have matched or exceeded this in page count in the past. It won't be one of the bigger updates, that's for sure, but it's silly to think a small faction like Deathwatch could even fill that much space. But it can absolutely hit 23 pages with a decent amount of new lore, rules, and datasheets without dropping anything.
This update can be as robust as any other PA release because being in White Dwarf instead of sharing space in a separate book does not in any way have an impact on the breadth of the content available. It will end up cheaper, and come to us sooner, but White Dwarf won't affect what can be in it.
All that matters is what will be in it, and there's really nothing we can speculate on that front. There's ultimately nothing stopping GW from making a full DW update here.
Edited by Lemondish, 05 April 2020 - 04:29 PM.