This is ancient history by internet standards, but Blizzard has delayed the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands. Originally, Shadowlands was scheduled to launch on October 27th, 2020. But, citing quality concerns, the studio made the decision to delay the game.
I’m assuming all is not well with Shadowlands, because Blizzard hasn’t even set a new release date. As of now, they’ve only promised to bring the game live before the end of the year.
I’m all for quality assurance, and I hope the delay buys Blizzard enough time to set things straight. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed about it. Historically, I tend to return to WoW in early fall, and Shadowlands’ original October release date would’ve coincided perfectly with my annual yearning for WoW and WoW nostalgia.
The Shadowlands delay also means that October will come and go without any exciting new releases (from my perspective, anyway). The other two games I’m interested in, Cyberpunk 2077 and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War are slated to launch in November.
That said, it’s not like there’s any shortage of things to do in WoW in the meantime. I returned to the game back in April to prep for Shadowlands, and even though I’ve gotten three of my characters up WoW’s level cap of 120, I’ve barely scratched the surface of what the game’s current iteration has to offer. I’m also still enjoying myself six months later, so hey — that’s worth mentioning.
I’m hoping to step into the otherworldly lands of WoW’s latest expansion in November. But if Blizzard delivers Shadowlands this holiday season, I won’t be mad. After all, I’d much rather unwrap a well-planned and lovingly gift-wrapped expansion than a foul-smelling lump of coal.