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. #161
    I don't think the argument of "necessarily more than two weeks from the original date" is sound. They were about to release it on October 26th, and the seeming cause of the delay was community concern, not factors internal to the development team. If without the community push they would have released on October 26th, then it's quite reasonable to suppose a 4-week prepatch with the xpac launching November 9th. All of the problems of holiday distractions and Cyberpunk 2077 loom more dire if they extend much beyond that.

  2. #162
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yunzi View Post
    I don't think the argument of "necessarily more than two weeks from the original date" is sound. They were about to release it on October 26th, and the seeming cause of the delay was community concern, not factors internal to the development team. If without the community push they would have released on October 26th, then it's quite reasonable to suppose a 4-week prepatch with the xpac launching November 9th. All of the problems of holiday distractions and Cyberpunk 2077 loom more dire if they extend much beyond that.
    I think it's clear internally they knew it wasn't ready too based on the timeline of notable events that happened from August 27th to the delay being official.

    If they were only delaying it 2-3 weeks we would have likely got a date with the delay.

  3. #163
    My bet is on early December. Early November doesn't make sense because it is not worth to delay for two weeks only. Late November doesn't make sense because of all the holiday shenanigans and other major releases. Early December gives them ample time to work on the game and nice headroom for patches and raid release before Christmas. Also it will allow team some time off on Thanksgiving to be ready for all the pre-/post-release madness.

  4. #164
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    What's the big deal with raids releasing over xmas break? Not like people are going to be having huge gatherings this year. And for the race guys, it's not like they would take time off from WoW anyways. If anything wouldn't xmas week be great for business because EVERYONE is at home playing the game? Mythic raiders are the only people I see being affected by a normal raid release schedule, and that's like what, 10% of the population? Does Blizz care?

  5. #165
    Nov 17 or December 1st.

  6. #166
    A lot of people seem to think it won't be until 2021 when we get Shadowlands.

    I'm here to tell ya there is a 0% chance that the game will release in 20021.

    Legal reasons demand that the game be release in 2020, and Blizzard does not want, on any level, to release it afterwards.

  7. #167
    To whoever voted November 3rd - thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by --Code-- View Post
    What's the big deal with raids releasing over xmas break? Not like people are going to be having huge gatherings this year. And for the race guys, it's not like they would take time off from WoW anyways. If anything wouldn't xmas week be great for business because EVERYONE is at home playing the game? Mythic raiders are the only people I see being affected by a normal raid release schedule, and that's like what, 10% of the population? Does Blizz care?
    World First Race has become a pretty huge community event in BfA and chances are that it will continue into Shadowlands. This matters because if there's going to be hundreds of thousand people watching, Blizzard can't really afford to release the raid when devs are on a Christmas break, because if any mechanical or balance issues come up then it won't be just a bunch of neckbeards who will get frustrated.

  8. #168
    in my opinion:

    november is not an option, delaying SL is a VERY BIG issue, they didnt do it to gain 1 or 2 weeks, but way more

    they always said 2020 release, and in the last message about delaying, they said " later THIS year". Postponing after 2020 would mean a SECOND delaying message, which seem, on term of communication undoable

    For december: after the 15, there's christmas, and blizzard holliday, so seems strange

    1 or 8 decembre seem for me the most possible choice, allowing:
    - 6 or 7 weeks pre patch which seem legit
    - 2 months for working on SL, which sem a big amount of time ' if they start to reallu work and listen communiocty...)
    - allow the disapointed players who took holiddays to enjoy sl on hcristmas holliday
    - release MM+ and raid 3 or 4 weeks after the release, at the very beginning of january


    so for me, i'd say 1 or 8 december, and if i have 1 choise, it's 8 december

  9. #169
    I think it will be dec 1th too, but recently i have this crazy idea that they already have a fixed version of the game on the works that havent been put into the beta yet, so theyll need less thing to fix for an early release in mid nov.

  10. #170
    In reading through the entire thread, I only saw this mentioned once and no one seemed to notice it, but EVERYONE saying they won't release it on Nov 24th due to Thanksgiving is forgetting that the entire game itself originally released on Nov 23rd. If they had no problem releasing the entire game right before Thanksgiving, I am pretty sure they would have no problem releasing SL right before Thanksgiving as well. Also, seeing that COVID is still a thing at least in the US, that may drive more people to stay at home and game and not go out to family get togethers.

    I personally feel like it will be somewhere between Nov 17th-Dec 1st, but Nov 24th is still an option. Also, while the longest prepatch ever was 8 weeks, it was only one time. Prepatches have generally been between 4-6 weeks. That would be Nov 10th-Nov 24th. Dec 1st may still work as it is in the 8 week spread, but the latest it will probably be is Dec 8th.

    I personally feel somewhere between Nov 17th through Dec 1st. I would ultimately like it to be on Nov 17th as it would then release in the US on the 16th, which is my birthday. However, it will probably be Nov 24th or Dec 1st.

    I also feel how people said they wouldn't only push it by a few weeks, but the fact they gave a prepatch date means they are limited by how long they can stretch it. If they would have not provided a prepatch date and also not said released later this year, they would have more had more ability to push it out farther.

  11. #171
    All the Dec 8th people lol, I highly doubt they'd want to release on a date where the raid opening would fall 3 days before Christmas. Not only for players, but because they'll be short staffed to do any tuning/fixes needed.

    I still think Dec. 1 is the only date that makes sense all around.

  12. #172
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinastorm View Post
    All the Dec 8th people lol, I highly doubt they'd want to release on a date where the raid opening would fall 3 days before Christmas. Not only for players, but because they'll be short staffed to do any tuning/fixes needed.

    I still think Dec. 1 is the only date that makes sense all around.
    They won't release the raid this year with a December 8th release.

  13. #173
    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    A lot of people seem to think it won't be until 2021 when we get Shadowlands.

    I'm here to tell ya there is a 0% chance that the game will release in 20021.

    Legal reasons demand that the game be release in 2020, and Blizzard does not want, on any level, to release it afterwards.
    They are not legally obligated to release an expansion at all let alone this year. They can delay it all they want. You pay for access to a service not the content itself.
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    Deathwing will come and go RAWR RAWR IM A DWAGON
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    There's no point in saying this, even if you slap them upside down and inside out with the truth, the tin foil hat brigade will continue to believe the opposite.

  14. #174
    Quote Originally Posted by Cerus View Post
    They are not legally obligated to release an expansion at all let alone this year. They can delay it all they want. You pay for access to a service not the content itself.
    While they are not legally bound to anything, specifically saying "later this year" in their communications while not being 100% sure in 2020 release, is literally shooting yourself in the foot from a PR standpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamTheBeardedMan View Post
    In reading through the entire thread, I only saw this mentioned once and no one seemed to notice it, but EVERYONE saying they won't release it on Nov 24th due to Thanksgiving is forgetting that the entire game itself originally released on Nov 23rd. If they had no problem releasing the entire game right before Thanksgiving, I am pretty sure they would have no problem releasing SL right before Thanksgiving as well. Also, seeing that COVID is still a thing at least in the US, that may drive more people to stay at home and game and not go out to family get togethers.
    Original launch was what? 16 years ago? Standards of quality and player expectations are on a whole another level now. In 2020 you just can't release stuff and say, "hey, we'll fix all the bugs after holidays".

  15. #175
    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    A lot of people seem to think it won't be until 2021 when we get Shadowlands.

    I'm here to tell ya there is a 0% chance that the game will release in 20021.

    Legal reasons demand that the game be release in 2020, and Blizzard does not want, on any level, to release it afterwards.
    :thinking:

  16. #176
    Quote Originally Posted by LorDC View Post
    While they are not legally bound to anything, specifically saying "later this year" in their communications while not being 100% sure in 2020 release, is literally shooting yourself in the foot from a PR standpoint.

    People said the same thing when many believed it would be delayed to begin with.

    The overall consensus seems to be that people are happy they are working to making it better before releasing. Those pissed off are in the minority from what I’ve seen.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lansworthy
    Deathwing will come and go RAWR RAWR IM A DWAGON
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyCasual View Post
    There's no point in saying this, even if you slap them upside down and inside out with the truth, the tin foil hat brigade will continue to believe the opposite.

  17. #177
    Quote Originally Posted by Cerus View Post
    They are not legally obligated to release an expansion at all let alone this year. They can delay it all they want. You pay for access to a service not the content itself.
    Of course they could delay that if they wanted to, but I clearly said in my post, nobody at Blizzard wants to do that because of the can of worms they would open, hence the release date clearly being at some point in 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachtigal View Post
    :thinking:
    typos are fun yuckity yuck

    Either way though, I'm not wrong. Game won't release in year 20021 either :P

  18. #178
    Prepatch delayed two weeks
    Shadowlands delayed two weeks

    November 10th

  19. #179
    December 1st or 8th seem most likely. I voted 8th 'cause it's my birthday.

  20. #180
    I just cannot see them announcing a delay and then just delaying it for only 2 weeks, so I am going to guess end of november early december.

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