World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed to “later this year”

World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed to

World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed to “later this year”

Blizzard has confirmed that World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed, postponing the game’s launch from October 27th to sometime “later this year”. This delay followed fan feedback from early testers of the game, who desired additional polish to the game’s new features and to the title’s endgame content. 

At this time, Shadowlands has no firm release date, though the game is still due to launch in 2020. Shadowlands’ pre-patch will still launch on October 13th, laying the groundwork for the upcoming expansion. This patch will include Shadowlands’ revamped levelling system, a new-player experience on Exile’s Reach, additional character customisation options and more. 

Below is Blizzard’s full statement regarding the delay. 
   

   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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Hardware-wise, World of Warcraft Shadowlands will push the long-running MMO in a new direction, offering players ray traced shadow options while recommending SSD storage for all Shadowlands players. 

These changes are designed to move World of Warcraft’s playerbase towards newer hardware, which makes sense given the game’s recent engine upgrades. During Battle for Azeroth, World of Warcraft moved to DirectX 12, and with it came better support for multi-threading and increased game performance. Moving forward, World of Warcraft players should expect to see more engine-level improvements and additional graphical features. 

Today, 250GB SSDs can cost as little as £30, which is a small investment given how many hours of gameplay that World of Warcraft has to offer. SSD storage will become a requirement for a lot of new PC titles as we enter the next generation of console gaming. With both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X adopting SSD storage, it is likely that more and more games will be designed with SSD storage in mind. As such, fast storage will soon become necessary for smooth gaming experiences, as hard disk drives won’t be able to keep up with the data requirements of new games. 

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Shadowlands
  Minimum Requirements 
Processor

Intel Core i5-760
or
AMD FX-8100

Intel i5-3450
or
AMD FX-8300
Video Nvidia Geforce GT 560 2GB
or
AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
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Intel HD Graphics 530 (45W)

Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 2GB
or 
AMD Radeon RX 560 2GB
or
Intel UHD Graphics 630 (45W TDP)*
*(Requires Manufacturer’s driver support) 

Memory 4GB RAM 4GB (8GB if using integrated graphics)
Storage 70GB 7200 RPM HDD 100GB SSD
  Recommended Requirements
Processor Intel i7-4770
or
AMD FX-8300
Intel i7-6700K
or
Ryzen 7 2700X
Video Nvidia Geforce GTX 960
or
AMD Radeon R9 280
Nvidia GTX 1080
or
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Memory 8GB RAM 8GB RAM
Storage 70GB SSD 100GB SSD

 
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