View Poll Results: New Shadowlands release date?

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  • November 3rd

    2 0.32%
  • November 10th

    30 4.77%
  • November 17th

    90 14.31%
  • November 24th

    95 15.10%
  • December 1st

    99 15.74%
  • December 8th

    135 21.46%
  • December 15th

    46 7.31%
  • December 22nd

    6 0.95%
  • December 29th

    23 3.66%
  • Delayed again until 2021

    96 15.26%
  • Other (comment)

    7 1.11%
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  1. #101
    While I feel Dec 1 would be the absolute latest, I think it actually launches Nov 17. That they announced pre-patch for Oct 13 I think proves that they are confident that SL will come shortly after. I think there is no chance it gets pushed to 2021, otherwise they might as well have not mentioned pre-patch at all and just removed the corruption rotation and nerf corruption and socket costs so that players have something to do.

  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by Nyel View Post
    I don’t see them releasing season 1 this year. And with that notion, a December release makes more sense than a November release.

    Ask yourself: would they risk the bad press of a delay that’s only about to be 3-4 weeks? I really don’t think so.
    Well look at it this way

    People knew that the game wasn’t ready by testing beta

    The new haven studio got people on a “blizz is activision” kick

    So what I would do is use the whole “release it when it’s done” line and then eat a little bit of bad press with the amazing press and the coverage of “this is old blizzard grats to you” from content creators and outlets I mean look at Twitter and the forums.

  3. #103
    Quote Originally Posted by jdbond View Post
    Whats with all the "fun" predictions? December, really? Fact that pre-patch has a date now means there is an automatic upper limit. Shadowlands is coming in November, whatever anyone "believes". I believe it is delayed by 2-3 weeks. So 10 or 17 of November.
    Unless pre-patch is delayed... But yeah, I know what you mean, it makes sense. I had the same thought and this is why I voted for 17th of November. But still, anything can happen. Not announcing a date means that they want to be pretty sure before they announce, so they want to see how things will progress in the following couple weeks. So, anything can still happen.

  4. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by Protean View Post
    Blizzard has never planned release around other games.
    Really.....every release is planned around other games dude heck remember WoD alpha??? 3 levels one zone and one dungeon released the day after wildstar

  5. #105
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdbond View Post
    Whats with all the "fun" predictions? December, really? Fact that pre-patch has a date now means there is an automatic upper limit. Shadowlands is coming in November, whatever anyone "believes". I believe it is delayed by 2-3 weeks. So 10 or 17 of November.
    What is this automatic upper limit? Some pre-patches have been 6-8 weeks in the past. If the game was only being delayed by 2-3 weeks, we likely would have been given a date.

    The fact we weren't means they feel the delay is a timeline they cannot pinpoint, thus gives credibility to it being a longer one. I think a further delay to early 2021 is more likely than an early November release at this point.

  6. #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaidax View Post
    If they delay - they delay.

    They won't delay by 3 weeks, it will be just dumb, so expect early-mid December.
    Yeah, my thoughts...delaying by 3 weeks is losing face over nothing. And hey....people here have been saying the game needs a delay to fix so many issues. So that should actually need more than a month to fix.

    Still...would they dare to go into 2021? So I agree with your estimate of early-mid December.

  7. #107
    Dec 8th with raids opening 5th of jan like others have said makes the most sense to me too.
    Would be weird to just delay it for 3-4 weeks and doubt they'll wanna wait for 2021 and earlier means raids open mid christmas which is bit meh.

  8. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by tomten View Post
    Dec 8th with raids opening 5th of jan like others have said makes the most sense to me too.
    Would be weird to just delay it for 3-4 weeks and doubt they'll wanna wait for 2021 and earlier means raids open mid christmas which is bit meh.
    Also it gives them massive amount of data from Mythic 0 for balance tuning.

  9. #109
    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    Yeah, my thoughts...delaying by 3 weeks is losing face over nothing.
    Why over nothing? If they can put some bandaids on some major issues in like 3-4 weeks and avoid releasing a broken product, it's not for "nothing". I don't believe they want to avoid releasing something that is not polished, just something that is not broken. Ofc, just my personal opinion. And I believe that they'd hate to move it to 2021, because of yearly earning reports, etc? But I am not really sure about the latter, because I am no expert in financial things...

    Still, I get your logic, it makes sense, all I am saying is that you never know. Maybe they just need a small delay to put some bandaids on some major issues, but they just don't know when they'll be done with that and thus they prefer to wait 1-2 weeks and see how they're progressing, before setting a new launch date, instead of risking giving us a date and then delaying some more.
    Last edited by orsraunia; 2020-10-02 at 11:33 AM.

  10. #110
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    This year is just horrible in all sorts of ways. I suggest Blizzard thoroughly polish this expansion until January 2021. 2020 is just a jinxed up number. Nothing good will come of it.

  11. #111
    Cata was released early December (6th, was it?), so my take is December 8th.

  12. #112
    Remember the state of Legion or BFA at launch. None of them were "finished" or polished. This is what Blizzard is aiming for. People think they will take 2 months to polish whatever needs "polishing".

    They won't. They will release a semi-working game. They are not even there yet.

  13. #113
    Quote Originally Posted by keymil View Post
    Cata was released early December (6th, was it?), so my take is December 8th.
    That was my logic*, cos the date sounded familiar.

    *complete guess
    A fictional character doesn't give a flying fart what you think. They do not exist.

  14. #114
    I don't see it happening in November. Delaying for just a week or two doesn't seem enough. Then you run into Thanksgiving in the US, and I don't think they'll release in the week before Thanksgiving, or for sure not the week of. Maybe December 1st, or as an outside chance December 8th, but by the 8th you've got raids opening up suspiciously close to Christmas.

    But if not released by the 8th, due to holidays, I doubt we'll see Shadowlands in 2020.

  15. #115
    see yall in 2021

  16. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by orsraunia View Post
    Why over nothing? If they can put some bandaids on some major issues in like 3-4 weeks and avoid releasing a broken product, it's not for "nothing". I don't believe they want to avoid releasing something that is not polished, just something that is not broken. Ofc, just my personal opinion. And I believe that they'd hate to move it to 2021, because of yearly earning reports, etc? But I am not really sure about the latter, because I am no expert in financial things...

    Still, I get your logic, it makes sense, all I am saying is that you never know. Maybe they just need a small delay to put some bandaids on some major issues, but they just don't know when they'll be done with that and thus they prefer to wait 1-2 weeks and see how they're progressing, before setting a new launch date, instead of risking giving us a date and then delaying some more.
    Yeah..."over nothing" is probably exaggerating. It just seemed unnecessary to go ahead and throw out that 26th October release date, when it seemed the game still had tons of issues.

    I am fine with waiting tbh.

  17. #117
    Quote Originally Posted by Realsteel View Post
    This year is just horrible in all sorts of ways. I suggest Blizzard thoroughly polish this expansion until January 2021. 2020 is just a jinxed up number. Nothing good will come of it.
    Lol, like 2021 is shaping to be any better.

  18. #118
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    On a personal level I really hope they don't release it until December. I have my PS5 and Cyberpunk 2077 arriving in November.

  19. #119
    People here thinking they would have Mythic release on Christmas :')

  20. #120
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    I'd guess the 24th of November or the 1st of December if I were a betting man. If it's either of those dates, I would also throw a prediction in that they might make the content release schedule a bit more more delayed than they initially planned, pushing the first official "season" of Shadowlands activities into the new year (raids, M+, rated arena). This might be boring to some people, but I'd imagine a lot of people would be happier knowing that there's zero stress around the holidays surrounding raiding schedules (or lack thereof). Whether they do this or not is entirely up in the air, but I believe in this expansion they delayed a major raid tier by a few extra weeks just so it wouldn't land on the holiday season (keep in mind, this was the exception and not the rule, there have been a few raid tiers that literally launched at the end of November historically despite people being upset about it).

    I can't imagine that it's going to be pushed to 2021 because it seems outlandish to me that we're going to live in the Shadowlands pre-patch for two and a half months.

    I was looking forward to the 26th of October but my prediction back in the early Summer just assumed the expansion was going to be released in late November anyways, meaning my expectations are still kind of surrounding that date. When I heard the October release date, myself and many others were pretty surprised that it was that soon.

    All in all it's probably for the best anyway. For those of you that played WoD, WoD didn't really feel "complete" until a couple months in when they fixed loads of things (garrisons, balance, QoL and quite a few other things). Lots of people were in full meme mode basically announcing that WoD had finally entered release state a couple months after it's release, and it was kind of true (lets just forget the absence of a tier between BRF/HFC). What I'm trying to say is that if Shadowlands actually released on the 26th, it's incredibly likely the game wouldn't feel "ready" for another month anyway, and for anybody paying attention, the balance changes they've been putting out consistently every week (which is good) have been pretty massive and have no signs of stopping anytime soon. Lets put aside how trash the Azerite system was from a conceptual standpoint for a second and just remember how wild the balance changes were to the values in the first several weeks of BFA (for those of you who don't remember, some things were buffed/nerfed by 100-500%).

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