World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Release Date Announced

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Release Date Announced
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Release Date Announced / Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' release date has been announced. The eighth expansion is scheduled to launch on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. ET. J

ohn Hight, executive producer of World of Warcraft, mentioned in his statement that the delay period was used to "further polish the expansion and shore up the endgame, including overhauling the combat and rewards in the Maw, and reworking the Covenant systems to make your choice more immediately impactful and have clearer long-term goals." He also shared with both Alliance and Horde fans a pre-launch event that will kick off Nov. 10 and first raid, Castle Nathria, on Dec. 8.

This raid will take players into the heart of Sire Denathrius' lair in Revendreth. Previously, Shadowlands, a journey to the realms of the dead, was intended to be released on Oct. 27.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Release Date Announced

Shadowlands will introduce new Covenants controlling four new major zones. Before beginning a quest to these zones, players entering Shadowlands for the first time with their first character will need to level up to 50. The expansion comes with leveling changes including a level squish.

Level 120 players are squished in pre-patch to level 50 with the max level of the expansion being 60. Once the player's character escapes The Maw, they will be able to venture into the following zones and their respective covenant:

  • Bastion (Kyrian)
  • Maldraxxus (Necrolords)
  • Ardenweald (Night Fae)
  • Revendreth (Venthyr)

After covering the story arc in the four zones, players will be given the choice the align themselves with one of the four Covenants to progress further in the expansion's storylines.