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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Release Date Is October 26th / 27th

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As an added bonus at the end of the Blizzard section at the gamescom opening night, we also got the Shadowlands release date and it's quite a bit earlier than anyone thought! October 26th to the 27th is the official release date, depending on where you are in the world, and you can check out the world release map and trailer below!

You can find out everything about Shadowlands in our guides and previews right here, from Torghast, the Covenants, Class Changes and a lot more

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    Beyond Azeroth’s shattered sky, a realm of infinite afterlives awaits: the Shadowlands, where mortal souls go to reckon with their pasts, discover new purpose . . . or suffer an eternity of torment. Seize your destiny beginning October 27.

    Upon entering the Shadowlands, Azeroth’s champions will encounter an otherworld in disarray. Virtuous souls are being wrongfully cast into the eternal darkness of the Maw, while the Covenants—powerful factions who hold dominion over the afterlife’s disparate realms—face ruin and strife as the flow of the Shadowlands’ essential anima mysteriously dwindles. As an ancient, long-bound evil gathers the strength to break its chains, players must carve their path through the uncharted reaches of the beyond, forge a pact with the Covenant that most aligns with their own principles and purpose—and ultimately restore balance to the hereafter.

    Join the Global Launch

    World of Warcraft’s next expansion will launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time. Wherever you live and whatever path you choose to take, you can be part of one global adventure beyond the shattered sky.

    Check the details below for the exact time you can begin playing and begin your journey into the Shadowlands.

    Americas (PDT)

    Europe (CET)

    Taiwan (CST)

    Korea (KST)

    ANZ (AEST)



    October 26*


    October 27


    October 27


    October 27


    October 27

    11:00 p.m.

    October 26

    Pre-Purchase Now

    Shadowlands is now available for purchase in three digital editions: Base, Heroic, and Epic.

    Base edition Contents

    • The complete Shadowlands experience.

    Heroic Edition Contents

    • The complete Shadowlands experience.
    • Shadowlands-level character boost, available on pre-purchase.
    • Ensorcelled Everwyrm Mount, which grants access to a questline that awards the Vestments of the Eternal Traveler transmogrification set.

    Epic Edition Contents

    • All content from the Heroic Edition
    • Anima Wyrmling pet
    • Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect
    • Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone
    • 30 Days of game time

    All bonuses from the Heroic and Epic Editions are unlocked immediately upon pre-purchase.

    Begin your path into World of Warcraft’s eighth expansion by pre-purchasing Shadowlands now! For more information on World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, visit the official site.


    *To align with other regions, the Americas will launch slightly ahead of October 27 in local time.


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    2 minutes ago, Ravenclaw89 said:

    I believe its gonna be with the last episode, 09-17

    Prob Sept. 15th, on Tuesday/Reset. then do last episode 2 days later.

    Edited by TheFallen1287
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    2 hours ago, Arcling said:

    Yeah, beta still seems largely unfinished. 

    Just so you know, the beta testers do not get the latest build of the game, the internal testers have that.

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    You'd think there would be a month or so to play with a full-power cloak and last corruption rotation befire it is gone, and Blizzard polishes the expansion, but nope. Gone the moment you hit 125.

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    I was almost sure it was gonna be out mid-late october, and now I laugh at the face of people who were assured it was gonna be out in December or more


    2 hours ago, Teufel said:

    You'd think there would be a month or so to play with a full-power cloak and last corruption rotation befire it is gone, and Blizzard polishes the expansion, but nope. Gone the moment you hit 125.


    The pre-patch isn't gonna last too long either, 1 month at most, so the max upgraded cloak will be there for at least 3 to 4 weeks

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    Well...took a break and just touched BoA a bit and stopped after max level. Looking forward to giving it a go again and pleased it's earlier than I thought. Was thinking mid to late november

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