It was announced today that Shadowlands isn’t going to make it here on time for the global October 26th/27th release date initially planned. As sad as I am about waiting longer to play the latest stuff, in the same blue post Blizzard confirmed that players will have access to most pre-patch features on October 13th! While we won’t be getting the scourge invasion event that will be occurring much closer to whenever Shadowlands is going to release later in the year, soon we will have access to features such as the new leveling experience and level squish, and the revamped character customization UI and options.
It’s a relief just to have a date for the pre-patch and, let’s be honest, to have the new customization options on the live servers. Playing around with all the cool new combinations you can make on the Beta is fun and all, but it won’t feel quite right until I can give Aurashot a makeover. I’ve been planning on starting a new character as well and have been waiting for the leveling overhaul to do so, so it’s nice that won’t be on hold for much longer. Plus I’m hoping that these shiny new features will be what I need to distract me long enough until the expansion is here.
I had a few posts lined up that all mostly hinged on content released in the pre-patch – including an analysis of my favorite and least favorite parts from Battle for Azeroth. I’m anxious (in a good way) to write them, and looking back at my last two years of game time is especially fun and nostalgic.
Release it when it’s ready, Blizzard!