OK, my bad, it clearly states that reinforcements are not there.
Also that “the game will be on 1.12 so AV will be on 1.12”.
Now when you go to their reasons, it’s quite poor. It’s saying “1.12 is better because we state that it’s better” and then incur on contradictions such as explaining that nerfed NPCs encourage turning in items. Wouldn’t you focus more on the PvE part of the game (farming and turning in items) when the PvE part is more relevant?
In the same way as Classic is running on a modern client despite having 1.12 data, and AQ is not being released on launch (at patch 1.12), there is no reason whatsoever to justify choosing the 1.12 patch for AV because of the “balance” being at 1.12.
So thank you for directing me to the blue post. Looking at what Blizzard said, where they say not much more than “we chose 1.12 because it’s there”, it makes even more sense now (at least for me) to ask for an older version of AV.