Shadowlands, den ottende expansion til Blizzards MMO World of Warcraft, skulle være udkommet om ganske få uger – nærmere bestemt den 27. oktober. Det kommer dog desværre ikke til at ske; Blizzard har nemlig annonceret, at lanceringen er udskudt til senere i år.

I annonceringen lyder det, at årsagen til udskydelsen er, at spillet trænger til yderligere en omgang balancering og polering:

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.

Det store pre-patch, der kommer inden hver expansion, er dog stadig lige om hjørnet. Det rammer serverne den 13. oktober:

In the meantime, we’re excited to announce that beginning October 13 we will be releasing the Shadowlands pre-patch, which lays a lot of the groundwork for the expansion and includes our revamped character leveling, new-player experience on Exile’s Reach, and a host of new character customization options. And once we get closer to Shadowlands’ release, you’ll be called upon to defend Azeroth against a resurgence of the Scourge during our pre-launch event.

Shadowlands’ nye lanceringsdato er ikke kendt endnu, men vil følger selvfølgelig op, så snart Blizzard annoncerer den.