World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed a bit.
John Hight, the Executive Producer of World of Warcraft, announced yesterday that World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Shadowlands, has been pushed back until later this year. Originally due to release on October 27th, it will now release at an unspecified date in 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, along with other smaller obstacles, the team has not been able to polish the game as much as they’d like.
In his letter, which you can see below, Hight mentions that the game’s zones, campaign, level-up questing experience and story are all pretty much ready to go. But ultimately, the team realised that they need more time to add polish and balance.
Hight also announced that while the main game is delayed, the team will still release the pre-patch beginning October 13th. The patch, which “lays the groundwork for the expansion”, includes revamped character levelling, new player experience on Exile’s Reach and new character customisation options.
While many fans of the game are upset that it has been delayed so close to its release date, it is better to have a complete and polished experience than something not quite finished. In the meantime, there’s plenty of activities within World of Warcraft that players can do to ready themselves for the expansion.
You can still pre-order World of Warcraft Shadowlands over on their website. There are three different versions to pick up:
- Base Edition ($39.99) – This comes with only the base game.
- Heroic Edition ($59.99) – Comes with the base game, a level 120 character boost, the Ensorcelled Everwyrm flying mount, and the Vestments of the Eternal Traveler transmog set quest.
- Epic Edition ($79.99) – Comes with everything in the Heroic Edition plus a Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect, the Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone, 30 days of game time and the Anima Wyrmling pet.