In a blog posted just minutes ago, John Hight (World of Warcraft’s Executive Producer) dropped a bombshell few could’ve seen coming… World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Shadowlands, is going to miss its initial October 27th release date.
Stating that “it’s become clear we need a little more time for additional polish”, and that extra time is needed to “ensure that Shadowlands lives up to its full potential”, Hight follows this news up with an announcement that Shadowlands’ pre-patch will arrive on October 13th, on schedule.
In the meantime, we’re excited to announce that beginning October 13 we will be releasing the Shadowlands pre-patch, which lays a lot of the groundwork for the expansion and includes our revamped character leveling, new-player experience on Exile’s Reach, and a host of new character customization options. And once we get closer to Shadowlands’ release, you’ll be called upon to defend Azeroth against a resurgence of the Scourge during our pre-launch event.An Update on Shadowlands, worldofwarcraft.com
So I guess this isn’t a total loss. While it’s always a bummer to see games pushed back, especially in a year that’s pretty much devoid of any good news to begin with – Blizzard believes (and says its fans believe) that Shadowlands will be “something special”, and I can’t wait to see what this extra time in the oven does for the legendary MMO’s eight expansion.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands no longer has a firm release date, but we’ll be sure to update you once that changes.
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