John Hight, Executive Producer of World of Warcraft wrote a blog spot confirming the delay to the expansion pack Shadowlands. He focused specifically on polishing the game up to better represent the expansion pack taking in to careful consideration feedback from the community and most importantly relating to the end game. He also adds that it was a great challenge in doing this with the team working from home due to the Coronavirus which from what we can take is the main cause of the delay. He confirms that a pre-patch will go out on the 13th October which will be required for the expansion pack release so it cannot be too far away.
Read an excerpt of what he had to say below:
Over the past several months of testing, we’ve made significant progress iterating on and polishing the core features and gameplay of Shadowlands. We’re at a point where the zones, the campaign, the level-up questing experience, and the story we have to tell are essentially ready to share. We’re excited by the Covenants at the heart of the expansion, and it’s been a thrill to see Torghast take shape into a fun new kind of WoW experience, thanks in no small part to your input.
However, as everything started coming together and we’ve been listening to and building upon your feedback, it’s become clear we need a little more time for additional polish, and to balance and iterate on some interlocking pieces—particularly those related to the endgame. Shadowlands is one of the most intricate expansions we’ve yet created, and while we’ve made great progress, the challenge of tuning the endgame was compounded by the team having to work from home.
Blizzard has a commitment to quality. We believe Shadowlands will be something special, and we’ve heard from many of you who feel the same. We need this extra time to ensure that Shadowlands lives up to its full potential.
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