Best answer: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will release on October 27, 2020. Release times will vary depending on your region.
- Start playing now: World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth ($38 at Amazon)
- Preorder the expansion: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands ($40 at Battle.net)
When will World of Warcraft: Shadowlands be released?
During Opening Night Live at Gamescom, Blizzard announced that Shadowlands will release on October 27, 2020. Release times vary by region, so for anyone in the United States it will unlock at 7pm ET on October 26.
The story of the current expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was completed in January with the “Visions of N’Zoth” update, which let players fight against the agents of the Lovecraft-style Old God that lurks beneath the waters of Azeroth. That means the next update will be the Shadowlands pre-patch, which will likely feature a limited-time event involving the fallout of former Horde Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner ripping a hole in the barrier that separates the Shadowlands from the realm of the living. The date of the pre-patch also has not been announced.
What should I do until then?
Some of the content in Battle for Azeroth will disappear or become more challenging to complete when the pre-patch hits, so if your a completionist or a collector, now is the time to finish up everything you’ve missed, so far. The Mighty Caravan Brutasaur mount will no longer be sold by vendors and will only be available on occasion through the Black Market Auction House. The Battle for Azeroth Keystone Master: Season Four achievement, which is earned for completing all of the Season Four dungeons at Mythic Level 15 or higher within their time limits, will no longer be available, meaning now is your last chance to earn the creepy Awakened Mindborer flying mount.
You can learn about what you can look forward to in Shadowlands here. Keep checking back for more updates on the game as the release nears.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Get back in the game
The story of Battle for Azeroth is now complete, and you can try to experience as much of it as possible before Shadowlands releases. Having extra gold will also make it easier to get into the expansion.
Prepare to die
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Preorder the expansion
Journey into Azeroth’s afterlife to save souls from unjust eternal torment in World of Warcraft’s eighth expansion. Choose one of four Covenants to side with in your adventures, a decision that will shape your endgame campaign.