Blizzard Entertainment has announced its eight expansion of the WoW series – World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. The game was scheduled to be released on 27th October. The delay is due to the feedback that the WoW community gave to the developers of the Blizzard team. So in order to polish the game more, they have taken time for that and extended the release date of the game.
As we know the game is one of the most popular multiplayer games of all time. It is the fourth game to be released in the Warcraft fantasy world. The fantasy world plot makes each part of the WoW series to be very unique.
Originally the first-ever game of Warcraft (Warcraft: Orcs & Humans) was released on 23rd November 1994. After that 4 parts of Warcraft were released as Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is the fourth part and the eight expansion of the World of Warcraft series following the Battle for Azeroth. After the release of World of Warcraft in 2004, there was a surge in the player base of up to millions of active players monthly. That’s why till now the Blizzard has continued to expand the game of World of Warcraft and now they are coming with the Shadowlands.
Release Date OF WoW Shadowlands
The release date of Shadowlands will be on 23rd November 2020 at 3:00 PM (PST) & 11:00 PM (UTC) and on 24th November at 12:00 AM (CET). The date is confirmed by the WoW team and it will be on the sixteenth anniversary of the game.
Development Update Of Shadowlands
The trailer of Shadowlands was released on 2nd November 2019. At BLIZZCON 2019, Shadowlands was showcased revealing all the features of the game. The game was initially planned to be released on 27th October but the WoW community gave so many suggestions to the developers of the WoW. So, they decided to change the date of release of the game, and finally, they are releasing the game on 23rd November.
The center of development of the game is based on the visual distinction and combat variety in the Maw. The community manager of WoW “Kaivax” also said that the team is working on the storytelling and the Conduit system of the game. The weekly cooldown of changing the conduits will be replaced with another system. Kaivax said Polishing of the game is only left before the worldwide launch.
System Requirements Of The Shadowlands
The system requirement of the game is low but to experience a high-quality gaming experience you need to have the following.
Minimum system requirement
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 or AMD FX 8300
- Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
- GPU: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon RX 560, or Intel UHD 630
- RAM: 4GB (8GB if using integrated graphics)
- Storage: 100GB available space
Recommended system requirement
- CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
- Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 65
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 100GB available space.
Note:- Having 100 GB available space in SSD will be a good option to reduce the load time of the game.
Story Of Shadowlands
The fallen leader of the Horde – Sylvanas Windrunner after defeating the Lich King (Bolvar Fordragon) snap opens the portal between life and death. The life being Azeroth and the death being Shadowlands. She does it by breaking the crown of the Lich King into two parts which shattered the sky of Citadel thereby creating the portal.
Shadowlands is a universe of the afterlife. Now, after opening the portal to Shadowlands, Sylvanas has become more powerful. The Maw (a realm in the Shadowlands) is now absorbing the souls of Azeroth. To put an end to the chaos, the legends and protectors of the Azeroth must confront Sylvanas and her actions before things go out of control and to create a balance between life and death.
New Features of Shadowlands
As of now, the game has added many new features from zones to player customization. Being a Wowhead, let’s discuss the features one by one in detail.
Become A Member Of One Of The Covenant
Covenant is the group of members or sects which have their own vision and determination to restore the balance of life and death. There are four Covenant groups that rule 4 different zones in the game. You can choose to become a member of any one of the Covenant. Every Covenant has its own Campaigns and Quests in order to level up and unlock various abilities and special items as the game progresses. You can take an oath to become any of the Covenant once you reach 60 level if you are playing the World Of Warcraft for the first time. If you are not a first-time player then you can choose the Covenant at the start of the game.
There are 4 types of Covenants in the game namely – the Night Fae of Ardenweald, the Necrolords of Maldraxxus, the Kyrian of Bastion, and the Venthyr of Revendreth.
The Night Fae of Ardenweald is the protector of the nature and cycle of life and death. They guide souls from their birth until their death to again rebirth to continue the cycle. Also, the world of Night fae is the mirror of the Emerald Dream representing the autumn and winter of life.
The Necrolords of Maldraxxus are the mystic soldiers that are specialized in waging war on enemies in the cosmos. Here the weaker section is always rejected in the Maldraxxus. Also, they only believe in the strength and the survival of the fittest. So, the rule is done by power and not philosophy.
The Kyrians of Bastion are the eternal guardians who are purposed to carry souls from living to death. They are pure and purposeful in their work. A perfect soul can become a Kyrian if only they surpass the trail of nobility in Bastion.
The Venthyr of Revendreth is the ruthless punishers and harvesters of the evil souls. They can be very cruel sometimes sentencing the souls for eternity in The Maw of Shadowlands. But a chance of redemption is given by the Venthyr if some possibility is seen in the souls. For that two fates can be drawn for the souls either to become a punisher for the sect or make them noble to continue their journey to other Covenant.
5 New Zones to Interact
Ardenweald is the mystical and eternal forest governed by the Night Fae. The forest and the lifestyle in Ardenweald is the representation of the autumn and winter cycle of life. They are compared to the dark mirror image of the Emerald World of Azeroth which represents the spring and summer cycle of life. Here the anima of the mortal soul is retrieved and infused into dozed spirits.
The land of noble Kyrian Covenant is the Bastion. Bastion has a lot of Blissful architecture to the crystalline sky on top which is perfect for any mortal soul. But living in Bastion comes up with a lot of duties and testing that every soul has to go through. It is regarded as the service above all carrying and protecting mortal souls in Shadowlands.
Maldraxxus is the land of fighters and wars. It is the home of Necrolords of Covenant. Souls that are striving to be the best in any way possible is sent to the Maldraxxus where they are judged in the capabilities of waging war against the dead. There is no place of weak in the Maldraxxus instead they work as the fuel for the NEcrolord’s weapons.
Revendreth is the land for sinful souls who have been seen to atone for their sins. The world of Revendreth has its own deep secrets and dark life that no one knows about. This land is ruled by the Venthyr Covenant. Here the Venthyr harvest the sins of the souls who have lived with pride and were not useful for anyone in their lifetime before preparing for redemptions.
The Maw is the area of the doomed which is controlled by the Jailer that no one has ever seen. The souls sent in the Maw are trapped there forever. Till now no one has escaped the horrors of the Maw. After opening the portal to Shadowlands, the souls are increasingly absorbed into the Maw. This is making the Jailer and the Sylvanas more powerful with every soul being sent to the Maw.
New Player Base – Oribos (The Eternal City)
Oribos is the gathering point for all the souls that enter the Shadowlands for the first time. It connects all the worlds within the Shadowlands. Before sending the soul to different realms, they are judged by the huge Arbiter. The Arbiter absorbs all the deeds done by the soul. After that, the Arbiter decides the perfect realms for the soul in consideration of the deeds the soul has done in their life.
Shadowlands Tower Of The Damned – TORGHAST
It is the eternal prison where Jailer kept the most dangerous and sinful souls of the Shadowlands. After the portal is established, the heroes of the Azeroth are now trapped within the tower. Saving them is the only option before it’s too late. It is located at the center of the Maw under the constant control of the Jailer. In order to defeat the Jailer, you can challenge the tower by entering it. But mind you the things will get worse and very hard as you progress up the tower. You also know this with great risk comes with greater rewards. Overcoming the challenges you can unlock various unique abilities and items such as Soul Ash that are very important for the game.
New Character Customization And Level Up System
In this expansion of the World Of Warcraft, you can now customize and make the characters as per your choice. This customization includes:
- Facial Color
- Facial Expressions and Features
You can create your customization by visiting the agitator in Oribis or the local barber in Azeroth.
The new and flexible level up system will cap the max out level at 60 levels. This means it will simplify the traditional leveling system. The new players have to level up to 50 levels before ending the afterlife that is the Shadowlands. So the developers have created a three-level system for the level-up criteria which a new player can play.
- Level 1-10:- Azeroth’s introductory gameplay to get familiar with in addition to the mini-dungeon added.
- Level 10-50:- Game is played within the last expansion – Battle for Azeroth. Other things are also added to get players more familiar before entering the Shadowlands.
- Level 50-60:- Choose a Covenant and save the universe by fighting the dead in the Shadowlands.
Pre-Order of the Game
The game is at a pre-order state where you have 4 options to buy from:
- Base Edition: Includes 5 new zones, city of Oribos, 4 Covenants to join in with unique Sanctum, Covenant Soulbinds, new abilities, and new Dungeons & raids. Cost you around 40$.
- Heroic Edition: Base Edition things in addition to Character level boost, access to Ensorcelled Everwyrm Mount, and Transmog Set. Cost you around 60$.
- Epic Edition: Base & Heroic Edition things in addition to Anima Wyrmling as a pet, Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone, Illusion: Wraithchill, and 30 days of gameplay time. Cost you around 80$
- Collector’s Edition: Everything included in the above editions plus the physical items such as Box art – The Art of Shadowlands, Four collectable pins representing the Covenants, and the Shatter sky Mousepad. It also includes a digital soundtrack of the game. Cost you around 120$ but available in selected retail stores.
The developers have changed the game completely. Also, the gameplay and the level-up system have made it easier to implement and understand and they have listened to the Wowheads and implemented the ideas for making the Shadowlands game. The good I liked about the developers of the game is that the story plot will be more in this game. As the game developers have said that the game is falling short of the storyline so that they have worked on the plot of the game very well and hoping Wowheads will love it. So you can expect a better storyline of this game. So if you are a die heart fan of the WoW game series then you should purchase this one.