WoW Shadowlands Delayed, Prepatch October 13

Shadowlands Delayed Until Later In 2020

John Hight, Executive Producer of World of Warcraft, has posted today on the official site that the newest expansion for World of Warcraft has been delayed.

This news comes after players have been wondering about the pre-patch not having launched so far.  This should be good as a good sign, as it shows that Blizzard is focusing on the quality of the content to ensure that everything is working as intended and taking into account feedback from the community.

Additionally John has announced that the pre-patch will be release on October 13th. The pre-patch should give players quite a bit to do while waiting for the expansion as it includes a level squish, new leveling zone, and much more.

John Hight – (Source)

To the WoW community,

I wanted to let you know that we’re delaying the release of Shadowlands to later this year—and while we’re still in the process of determining the right new date to launch, we felt it was important to let you know about this change in plans as soon as we could. This was an incredibly difficult decision for the team, as we’re as eager to get the expansion into your hands as you are to play it—but ultimately, we feel it’s the right decision for the game—and for our players.

Over the past several months of testing, we’ve made significant progress iterating on and polishing the core features and gameplay of Shadowlands. We’re at a point where the zones, the campaign, the level-up questing experience, and the story we have to tell are essentially ready to share. We’re excited by the Covenants at the heart of the expansion, and it’s been a thrill to see Torghast take shape into a fun new kind of WoW experience, thanks in no small part to your input.

However, as everything started coming together and we’ve been listening to and building upon your feedback, it’s become clear we need a little more time for additional polish, and to balance and iterate on some interlocking pieces—particularly those related to the endgame. Shadowlands is one of the most intricate expansions we’ve yet created, and while we’ve made great progress, the challenge of tuning the endgame was compounded by the team having to work from home.

Blizzard has a commitment to quality. We believe Shadowlands will be something special, and we’ve heard from many of you who feel the same. We need this extra time to ensure that Shadowlands lives up to its full potential.

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.

Thanks for your support and passion, and for your continued help and feedback as we head toward the finish line.

We’ll see you in the Shadowlands soon,

John Hight, Executive Producer of World of Warcraft

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3 years ago

Finally, someone who doesn’t have clickbait titles on the article!
Got the important information upfront and then chose to read into the article.

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2 years ago

lol that’s exactly why I like this website, sick of BLIZZARD ADMINS HATE THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK Youtube vids all the time

2 years ago

I believe that they did the right thing by postponing the release of this add-on. I am sure that if the game had been released a little earlier, but had a whole bunch of bugs, then I would have been much less happy than if it had been a little later, but much more stable. In any case, the most interesting thing begins after leveling up my character, so I used the wow boosting service to save myself a whole month of a long journey to level 120. I have already gone through the initial development stage too many times and I don’t want to repeat it anymore. I think many players will understand what I mean.

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3 years ago

Did they finally fire Ion?

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