It had already been a long wait for World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, the afterlife-themed Shadowlands, when its expected release month of October rolled around, and then it got longer. Blizzard ended up delaying the expansion, citing a need for “additional polish.” Now it’s apparently polished enough to warrant a new release date: November 23.
Blizzard made the announcement today on Twitter.
“Since we first told you about our decision to delay, we’ve used the time to further polish the expansion and shore up the endgame, including overhauling the combat and rewards in the Maw, and reworking the Covenant systems to make your choice more immediately impactful and have clearer long-term goals,” wrote executive producer John Hight. “Now the team is in a great position to get things the rest of the way to the finish line before November 23 — and as always, we’re committed to working with you to improve the game for as long as you’re out there playing it.”
Earlier this month, Blizzard launched the expansion’s pre-patch, which drastically altered the game by overhauling the character creator, dropping the level cap to 50, and streamlining players’ path through existing content. With that as a jumping off point, an additional pre-launch event will begin on November 10 and will involve taking on a “flood of Scourge.”
The pre-patch for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands, went live yesterday afternoon. Faces and hairstyles changed. Level 120 characters became level 50 characters. There’s a new starting experience that leads directly from level 10 to 2018’s Battle for Azeroth expansion. I barely recognise the game anymore. As someone...Read more
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has been delayed. Announced in a blog post, World of Warcraft executive producer John Hight cites the need for “additional polish,” and the strain of working from home during the covid-19 crisis, as the reasons for delay.Read more
I started a new World of Warcraft character last week, following the release of the Shadowlands expansion pre-patch that, among other things, reduced the game’s level cap from 120 to 50. I’ve only adventured in two different zones and I’m already level 32. It’s all going by so fast.Read more