Why Blizzard is giving up on launching WoW Shadowlands in time

Shadowlands will not be available on October 27. Blizzard has announced that the next expansion for World of Warcraft will arrive later this year, because it is not completely ready.

There will be no further extension of World of warcraft October 27th. Although Blizzard had promised this summer the arrival of Shadowlands on that date, the study admitted that this deadline will not be met. The American studio realized that it will not be able to make a satisfactory copy in time and therefore decided to postpone the release to a later date, but still in 2020.

« It has become apparent that we need a little more time to put the final finishing touches and to balance and iterate on some related game mechanics, especially the higher-level ones. […] The challenge of adjusting the game to a high level was compounded by the fact that the team had to work from home. “, Due to the epidemic, explica John Hight, the executive producer of WoW, on October 1.

« We need this extra time »

« We need this extra time for Shadowlands to realize its full potential. He adds, while making sure the game is overall ready, be it the story, zones, campaign, leveling up, missions, and specific features of Shadowlandslike Congregations and Torghast, the Tower of the Damned, which offers increasing challenges.

John Hight adds that ” Blizzard is committed to quality From his video games. Exists a kind of informal currency that the studio releases a game when it’s ready (“it’s done when it’s done”) and therefore prefers not to give a release date too early. This philosophy, to which the company has been identified for years, but nevertheless interrogation by some of your clients.

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After John Hight’s announcement, no new date was specified. Indication only: the game is supposed to be released before the end of the year. Regarding the previous patch that should prepare the ground for Shadowlands, its release date is still on October 13 (October 14 for Europe).

Blizzard delays without giving a new date

insurance official forums As in the comments on the fan sites, the reactions are obviously diverse and calls for return are already being heard, such as requests for commercial gestures, when other messages complain that a new date is not given. However, this would not be a guarantee and could even backfire against Blizzard.

In the case of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red had postponed the release of the game for the first time, from April to September. So the studio realized it needed more time and announced a new date in November. And today, if the Polish studio hasn’t announced a third delay, it has been forced to break a promise that it will no longer use the crunch, where the studios impose hellish fees on their employees to complete it just in time.

On official forums, Studio customers provide feedback.

Obviously, nothing says that Blizzard’s internal organization is not upset by this delay and that the developers are not exceptionally mobilized to try to keep this delay as minimal as possible. In its message, the study does not mention this issue, sensitive in the video game industry, synonymous with overtime, sacrificed weekends and postponed vacations.

However, some interventions also thank Blizzard taking the time to polish the game, rather than releasing a sloppy or still-under-construction title, which should have been patched later.

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The company has also chosen to procrastinate at this financially difficult time, as any postponement costs an enormous amount of money, even though the game has been on pre-sale for months. A decision that is all the more difficult to make given the healthcare context, which was an unpredictable external factor that had to be faced and onto which an economic crisis was grafted.

Players will still have a lot to deal with in mid-October, although the expansion is lagging behind. With the previous patch, a completely new starting zone will have to be discovered. The story is also being updated to prepare for the journey to Shadowlands. An event will also take place, with an invasion of the Scourge. Finally, the level revision will also take place, with a new limit that will go from 120 to 50.

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