, a new expansion to their
long-running MMORPG. They say this is to be released sometime before the end of
next year, but that they are willing to take your money for it right now if you
want to pre-purchase your copy from the
Here's the announcement:
Sylvanas Windrunner, fallen leader of the Horde,
has pierced the veil between Azeroth and the realm of the dead, setting in
motion a series of events that threatens to upset the cosmic balance between
life and death. Blizzard Entertainment today revealed World of Warcraft®:
Shadowlands, the latest expansion for the company’s acclaimed massively
multiplayer online role-playing game, in which Azeroth’s heroes will confront
the wonders and horrors of the afterlife as they deal with the consequences of
World of Warcraft players entering the fabled Shadowlands will find the realms
of the dead in upheaval. Under the normal order, departed souls were delivered
to a realm appropriate to the lives they led, but now, all souls are being
funneled into the Maw, where the most wicked are damned to suffer for eternity.
As they seek to right the cycle and uncover the extent of Sylvanas’ designs,
players will forge bonds with the Covenants who hold domain over different
planes within the Shadowlands:
- The steadfast Kyrian of Bastion, whose
discipline and duty compels them to safeguard souls from the mortal realm as
they pass into the Shadowlands.
- The mysterious Night Fae of Ardenweald, who
fiercely defend the spirits of nature from those who would deprive them of
- The cunning Venthyr of Revendreth, who
feast on the souls of the prideful and vain in a gothic realm of opulence
- The warlike Necrolords of Maldraxxus, who
forge the undead armies that serve as the first line of defense for the
Shadowlands and honor those who seek power and glory in battle.
In their journeys through the Shadowlands, players will also come face-to-face
with some of the departed legends of the Warcraft® universe, such as Uther the
Lightbringer, who struggles against dark forces that seek to transform him into
a symbol of retribution, and Kael’thas, who pursues vengeance on an enemy from
his past while confined to Revendreth for the crimes he committed in life.
“Shadowlands is taking us somewhere we’ve never dreamed of going in the Warcraft
universe, and that’s incredibly exciting,” said J. Allen Brack, president of
Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t wait to explore the great beyond, catch up
with old departed friends, and forge an epic new chapter in the Warcraft saga
together with our players.”
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Features
A host of new features and activities await players in World of Warcraft:
Shadowlands. When they cross into the realm-between-realms, players will be able
- Explore the Realm of the Dead: For the
first time ever in World of Warcraft, players will cross into the
Shadowlands and experience the wonders and horrors of the afterlife across
five new zones—the gleaming fields of Bastion, the scarred
battlefields of Maldraxxus, the eternal twilight of Ardenweald,
the opulent keeps of Revendreth, and the horrific Maw.
- Claim a Covenant’s Power: Players will be
called upon to forge a bond with one of four Covenants that rule Shadowlands’
new zones, setting the tone for their journey through the expansion with a
full Covenant Campaign. As they level up, they’ll get new abilities
based on their choice, including class-specific abilities for each
Covenant—as well as developing Soulbinds with specific Covenant
members, which grant them access to that character’s specific traits and
- Ascend the Tower of the Damned: At the
heart of the Maw lies Torghast, Tower of the Damned, a cursed
otherworldly prison where the wickedest souls in the universe are locked
away. Highly replayable and inspired by roguelike games, heroes are invited
to explore its ever-changing halls and chambers and do battle with the
minions of the Jailer, Torghast’s vile ruler. Those who brave its
trials can claim legendary treasures and help free the heroic spirits
wrongfully trapped within.
- Every Level Is Meaningful: Shadowlands will
introduce a new leveling system, meant to provide a meaningful sense of
advancement with every level achieved. Current max-level characters will
begin Shadowlands at level 50 and work toward the new level cap of 60.
- A New Army of the Dead Rises: To combat
Sylvanas’ assault on Icecrown, Bolvar Fordragon— the revered former paladin
who took on the mantle of Lich King to keep the Scourge at bay—has raised
heroes from among all the peoples of Azeroth to bolster the Death Knights of
Acherus. With Shadowlands, pandaren and all allied races will now be able to
become Death Knights.
- Improved Character Customization Options: A
host of new appearance options for all races will be made available to
players when they create new World of Warcraft characters (or alter existing
ones at the in-game barber shop).
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is available for pre-purchase digitally
from the Blizzard Shop starting today, with three different options all designed
with player preference in mind. The Base Edition of Shadowlands is available for
$39.99 SRP, providing a new lower entry point compared to previous expansions.
The Heroic Edition ($59.99) includes the expansion; a level-120 character boost;
and the Ensorcelled Everwyrm mount, which provides access to a questline through
which players can earn the Vestments of the Eternal Traveler transmogrification
set. The Epic Edition ($79.99) includes the Anima Wyrmling pet; the Wraithchill
cosmetic weapon effect; the Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone, designed with a
unique visual effect; and 30 days of game time, in addition to all of the
contents from the Heroic Edition.
All bonuses from the Heroic and Epic Editions are unlocked immediately upon
pre-purchase. In addition, pre-purchasing any edition of World of Warcraft:
Shadowlands will open the ability for players to create pandaren and allied race
Death Knights once the Visions of N’Zoth content update for the current
expansion, Battle for Azeroth™, arrives in the coming months.
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