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Discussion > WoWOct 2, 2020 8:00 am CT

What do you think about the decision to push back Shadowlands’ release date?

Okay, so in a move that sure surprised me, Blizzard has decided to push back the release date on Shadowlands, and has announced the release date for the pre-patch to be October 13. So far most of the responses I’ve seen have been positive on this decision, and I have to admit, I’m in that camp as well — I’m very surprised they did this, make no mistake, but I’m very much of the opinion that with the way the beta was progressing it was the right decision on their part. But the interesting thing about the Blizzard fan community is that it does not and has never spoken with a singular voice. We’re all opinionated folks.

I know a lot of people booked time off work for the release of Shadowlands. I understand that it can be pretty frustrating to make plans based on a release date like this, and that with the world in the shape it’s in right now a solid dose of an expansion’s worth of distraction could be s0mething people were and are very much looking forward to. I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s very real sense of sadness at this news. But I feel like it was the right call. Blizzard’s had some rocky experiences lately — the Warcraft 3 Reforged release comes to mind — and so, while I absolutely do understand people being disappointed, I think taking the time to try and make sure this absolutely works as well as it possibly can, especially while trying to get the game in tip top shape during a work from home situation due to a global pandemic, is absolutely the right call.

So how are you feeling? What are your thoughts on this decision? Are you trying to figure out what you’re going to do with that break you have at the end of this month? Rescheduling your vacation time? Just anticipating the eventual release? What’s your reaction to the news that Shadowlands has been delayed?

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