World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets a release date and new trailer

Blizzard revealed during Gamescom Opening Night Live that World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion will arrive on October 27th.

“Upon entering the Shadowlands, Azeroth’s champions will encounter an otherworld in disarray,” Blizzard explains. “Virtuous souls are being wrongfully cast into the eternal darkness of the Maw, while the Covenants—powerful factions who hold dominion over the afterlife’s disparate realms—face ruin and strife as the flow of the Shadowlands’ essential anima mysteriously dwindles.”

Shadowlands will introduce five new zones for players to explore, new dungeons and raids, a level cap squish to 60, and the Tower of the Damned. Players will also be able to align with one of four Covenants to earn class-specific abilities, additional traits, and other bonuses.

As previously announced, two special editions of the expansion are available to preorder now: Heroic Edition and Epic Edition. The Heroic Edition contains a character boost and Ensorcelled Everwyrm Mount, which grants access to a questline that rewards the Vestments of the Eternal Traveler transmogrification set. While the Epic Edition contains everything in the Heroic Edition, plus the Anima Wyrmling pet, Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect, Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone, and 30 days of game time.

Blizzard also shared the first in a new series of four animated shorts for the upcoming expansion. The first episode of Shadowlands Afterlives focuses on Uther the Lightbringer as he passes to the Afterlife.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches October 27th for PC.

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