World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta Launches Next Week

Published: July 8, 2020 1:11 PM /


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There's good news for the MMO fans of the world — the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta release date has finally been locked in, and you'll be able to play it pretty darn soon!

The information on the beta was revealed in the most recent World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Developer Update — give it a watch if you haven't already seen it!

"There is a lot of work still to be done to flesh out the details of these systems, but everything should be there, and that's why we are now calling it beta," explained Shadowlands Game Director Ion Hazzikostas.

Essentially, the beta is considered "feature complete;" they aren't going to be adding any more major systems to this upcoming expansion. That said, there is still going to be some polishing and bug fixing that needs to be done and the beta will help them take care of that.

Mind, this beta is just one step on the path to the eventual release. All of Blizzard's devs are working from home right now, but it doesn't look like that's going to cause any kind of major delay as far as its executive producer is concerned.

"You have our commitment that we will be releasing Shadowlands this fall, even if we end up shipping it from our homes," stated Shadowlands Executive Producer John Hight as reported by Eurogamer.

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When is the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta Release Date?

Now that we know a little more about what's coming to Shadowlands, when will you be able to play it?

Unfortunately, Blizzard declined to name a specific date for the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta release date. That said, the odds are good that it will probably release on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, as Tuesdays are when Blizzard typically likes to make its big launches.

Either way, a new wave of beta invites is going to be going out in the very near future — make sure you opt-in on the game's official website and keep your eyes on your inbox! If you're lucky, you'll be able to hop into the next great stage of World of Warcraft a little early. And if you don't get one, worry not — plenty are planned to go out in the coming weeks and months.

"Be patient," cautioned Game Director Ion Hazzikostas. "Don't get frustrated if you don't get an e-mail from us right away. We will continue to do invites over the course of the summer."

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Are you excited for the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta? Do you think this new expansion will have enough content to keep players satisfied for the near future? Let us know in the comments below!

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