World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets October release date at Gamescom Opening Night Live

We got a wealth of new story information about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, including a final release date in October 2020.


As we prepare to enter the Shadowlands in World of Warcraft’s latest major expansion, Gamescom Opening Night Live had a bunch of new details for us. In an animated short, we saw a very interesting turn of events, and it was immediately followed up with a long-awaited release date. Players can jump into World of Warcraft: Shadowlands in late October, 2020.

The latest details of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands were revealed on Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live on August 27, 2020. Set to launch on October 27, 2020, Shadowlands will be giving players an opportunity to explore a new land full of all-new features, including new factions. In an animated trailer, we explored the heavenly plane of Bastion. Longtime popular character and paladin Uther Lightbringer was brought into the place with a problem. He was killed by the Lich King, Arthas Menethil, which left his soul wounded and unable to ascend the way normal arrivals in Bastion should. This leads to chaos and commotion in the Bastion courts, alongside a very surprising twist of fate for Uther himself. Check out the animated trailer for the game below.

The last year or so has left us inundated with new details about the Shadowlands expansion. To say it’s the most ambitious-looking addition to the World of Warcraft universe may be an understatement. It’s not just the new Shadowlands area to quest in and explore. There are also a slew of new character customization options, new leveling and covenant groups to explore, and plenty more. The story kicked off with a bang with the undead elf Sylvanas bringing Lich King Arthas to his knees in battle and then practically shattering dimensions by destroying his crown.

With the launch date in place, so many story elements making the new narrative interesting, and a wealth of features coming to the foundational systems of the game, we’re looking forward to taking a dive into World of Warcraft: Shadowlands on October 27. Are you? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment section below, and be sure to catch up on all of the other reveals and announcements from Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020.

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