Blizzard Entertainment announced that they decided to delay the release of World of Warcraft Shadowlands. The reason for the delay is working from home situation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blizzard gave no exact date for the release but they also said the game will be out later this year.
In a blog post, executive producer John Hight said this was a difficult decision to make. But this delay needed for the good of the new expansion. This delay will give time to the studio for working on the details of the game.
John Hight wrote: “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.”
Pre-Patch will Release Soon
He continued: “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.”.
He also said that World of Warcraft Shadowlands pre-patch will be releasing on October 13. Pre-patch includes groundwork for the upcoming expansion. You can read the whole statement from the official website.