World of Warcraft Shadowlands delayed to later this year

World of Warcraft Shadowlands has been delayed to later this year rather than its expected release at the end of the month.

‘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,” John Hight, the game’s Executive Producer, wrote on Twitter.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for the team, as we’re 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.”

A pre-patch will be deployed for the game on 13 October, laying out “a lot of the groundwork for the expansion and includes our revamped character levelling, new-player experience on Exile’s Reach, and a host of new character customisation options,” Hight also confirmed.

We’ll let you know when you can expect World of Warcraft Shadowlands as soon as the news becomes available. The base game (and a host of other expansions) is available now on Windows PC.

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