Still set for the fall
Today on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Shadowlandsstream (one of many summer individual game streams), the company revealed that the upcoming expansion will not be delayed. Hopefully these devs are dealing with a decreased stress load and the bulk was already finished before the pandemic.
On stream,executive producer John Hight emphatically stated that “Shadowlandswill arrive in the fall, even if we have to ship it from our homes.” Hight followed that up by confirming that Shadowlandswill leave its alpha form and will be entering a beta state next week.
Game directorIon Hazzikostas also gave us some stats for that alpha period, including the fact that in the three months since it started, that 817,508 quests have been completed, 2,124 players reached veteran status for Exile’s Reach, Torghast was run 62,727 times (with 11, 218 Tarragrue deaths) and there have been 64,440 bug reports. Thank goodness for real alphas!
The beta will be “feature complete” according to Hazzikostas, with a level cap increase of 60 and a “first look” at the endgame (mostly having to do with max world content like raids/dungeons/open world play and the covenant system).
You can also get a closer look at the extras in the Shadowlandscollector’s edition in the gallery below (including the mouse pad and the pin set for each expansion faction).
World of Warcraft: ShadowlandsCollector’s Edition contents:
Hardback Art of the Shadowlands book
Shattered sky mousepad
Set of 4 collector’s pins featuring the sigils of each Shadowlands covenant
Shadowlands Collector’s Edition digital soundtrack key
Epic Edition digital game key, which comes with 30 days of game time and all of the in-game extras from the digital Epic Edition:
Ensorcelled Everwyrm mount
Anima Wyrmling pet
Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone
Illusion: Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect
Shadowlands-level character boost