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WoWFeb 6, 2024 1:00 pm CT

When is the WoW patch 10.2.6 release date? The secretive “pirate patch” is confirmed for March!

World of Warcraft is getting a mysterious patch 10.2.6 in early 2024, marked simply by a skull and crossbones on the 2024 roadmap. And the patch will remain a mystery right until launch, according to WoW Executive Producer Holly Longdale, who has confirmed there will be no PTR for the patch to give the patch that sense of wonder we experienced in  WoW Classic Season of Discovery.

Originally Posted by Holly Longdale (Official Post)
We created what we think is a unique event inspired by past musings from the community. We can say that it is open to anyone with a WoW subscription if they want to participate (Classic or Dragonflight players). That’s all we’re going say. Sorry, not sorry?  Our goal is to continue to keep it secret— and keep it safe.

But Holly also gave us a good idea of the release date, confirming patch 10.2.6 will be released in March, with Dragonflight Season 4 content coming to the PTR shortly afterwards. A March release date fits neatly into the content cadence Blizzard has kept to throughout Dragonflight, putting patch 10.2.6 about two months after patch 10.2.5, which launched on January 16.

That would give us a WoW patch 10.2.6 release date on March 19, 2024. While this release date is still speculation, it’s a pretty good guess. If the patch doesn’t release in mid-March, it won’t be too far off, perhaps launching the week before or the week after. But for now I’m confident that we’ll see 10.2.6 in the second week of March.

But the bigger question will be what’s in patch 10.2.6. Blizzard isn’t giving us any details, but the skull and crossbones logo has led to a lot of speculation that the patch will feature pirates. It’s as good a guess as any, but Holly’s comment that the event is “inspired by past musings from the community” has me thinking that the skull and crossbones may be misleading. But until we know more, I expect we’ll all keep referring to patch 10.2.6 as the pirate patch.

Look forward to this mystery patch launching in March.

Originally published December 20, 2024; updated February 6, 2024

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