During yesterday’s live stream to the Shadowlands Developer Update, World of Warcraft executive producer John Hight confirmed Blizzard’s commitment to launch World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion in autumn 2020 as planned. However, the publisher has not yet set a fixed publication date.
In addition, Hight gave the World of Warcraft player some more exciting news by announcing that Shadowlands will officially enter beta next week. As Hight explains, “Beta attendees can experience the highest-level challenges in The Maw – the most dangerous place in all shadow lands and one of the most rewarding.”
As Game Director Ion Hazzikostas explained in the live stream, Shadowlands is practically complete. Much of the remaining work will focus on polishing the expansion, fixing bugs, and balancing the gameplay. The beta itself raises the level cap to 60 and allows players to test the final content of Shadowlands. Hazzikostas said the expansion included four covenants, each with its own faction-specific content, top-level story campaigns, and unique features. There is also a new dungeon area known as the “Theater of Pain” that accompanies the sandpit area “The Maw”. Those who missed previous invitations have a chance to get access to the beta. Starting next week, Blizzard will send out new invitations in waves.
Blizzard took the opportunity to raise the curtain for the Shadowlands Collector’s Edition, giving you £ 109.99 / € 119.99 / $ 119.99 back and 30 days of play.
- Covenant Sigils – four-pin collector’s set: add the symbols of all four covenants to your pin collection and decorate your backpack, lanyard or clothing with the sign of the path you have chosen.
- Art of the Shadowlands: Discover the visual evolution of Azeroth’s multifaceted afterlife in this hardcover book and learn about an aspect of the Warcraft universe that has been little explored.
- Shattered Sky Mousepad: Experience the moment when Sylvanas broke the veil between this life and what’s behind it and changed Azeroth’s fate forever.
- Collector’s Edition Digital Soundtrack Key: Download the captivating orchestral pieces from the Shadowlands soundtrack, the perfect mood music to explore the areas beyond the veil.
Owners also have access to several in-game digital items:
- Ensorcelled Everwyrm Mount: Embark on your next adventure with a supernatural being of pure anima.
- Anima Wyrmling Pet: Discover the afterlife together with your new companion.
- Eternal Traveler’s Vestments: Use your Everwyrm to begin a search for the Eternal Traveler’s Vestments, a brand new transmog set.
- Wraithchill cosmetic weapon: Unlock a new cosmetic effect for your weapon. As with other illusions, Wraithchill can only be applied to certain types of weapons.
- Hearthstone of the Eternal Traveler: Return to your Hearthstone binding site with a realistic cosmetic effect.
- Shadowlands-level character boost: Instantly raise a single character to be ready for Shadowlands-level content.
Blizzard also provided details on how players can upgrade to the Collector’s Edition from other editions:
“If you purchased a digital copy of Shadowlands from our in-game shop or Blizzard shop and would like to upgrade to the Collector’s Edition, we’ll automatically credit you the cost of the digital copy in Blizzard Balance – as long as you enter the Collector’s Edition -Key before April 1st, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. When you enter the key from your Collector’s Edition, the credit is automatically activated based on the original transaction in your account. “