World of Warcraft Shadowlands Release Date: When is the Expansion Coming Out?

The World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion release date is coming soon.
The World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion release date is coming soon. | Image courtesy of Blizzard

World of Warcraft Shadowlands release date is the next date to look forward to for fans of the MMO. World of Warcraft Shadowlands was announced as releasing sometime in 2020. Some players have already been invited into the closed alpha and Blizzard is confident in a 2020 release date.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Release Date: When is the Expansion Coming Out?

World of Warcraft Shadowlands is currently expected to come out during Q4 of 2020. By looking at past Blizzard release dates, we can assume the game will most likely release in November, but it could be a little earlier or later.

In support of a November release, in time for the holidays, World of Warcraft launched Nov. 23, Wrath of the Lich King and Warlords of Draenor were released on Nov. 13. It could also release in early December like Cataclysm which launched Dec. 7. Worst case scenario would be a January release date like Burning Crusade because it would mean the expansion would release in 2021.

The best case scenario for World of Warcraft fans is an October release date, but unfortunately Blizzard lacks any historic precedence for a release so early in Q4.

UPDATE 8/27

Blizzard has announced the official release date for Shadowlands. The game will arrive on Oct. 26 and 27 depending on where you live. This should run roughly a month after the pre-patch hits live servers.