WoW Shadowlands Launches Thanksgiving Week, Those Poor Developers

The saga of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will soon come to an end, as Blizzard gave a more confident release date. The good news is that WoW players won’t have to wait long – the expansion will now release on November 23, 2020 at 3pm PST. The bad news is that the expansion will now release on November 23, 2020 at 3pm PST. That’s the Monday that kicks off the Thanksgiving weekend in the United States. That date could be troublesome for both player and developer.

At the beginning of the month, Blizzard announced that Shadowlands would be delayed from its October 27 date. The reason given was that the developers needed more time to add polish and deepen the endgame experience. Now, today’s Twitter post shows a team more confident in the product. WoW Executive Producer John Hight goes over how the developers made changes to the Maw’s reward system and tweaked the Covenant system to give more long-term progression.

The previous delay didn’t sit well with the community, as many players take time off work to fully immerse themselves in new WoW content. Those who already got the time off approved might not be able to switch it. Those who can switch now face a conundrum – do they take time off to play WoW or spend Thanksgiving with family? And what about the WoW developers? They’ll probably have to work that week to apply any hotfixes or patches Shadowlands will need in its first few days.

Many will cite the ongoing pandemic as a reason to not travel for the holidays, especially in the US where cases are climbing again. With nothing else to do over the holiday weekend, some WoW developers might like the chance to have some overtime hours. On the other hand, Cyberpunk 2077 is bringing up the talk of gaming industry crunch and worker mistreatment. It makes it easy to wonder just how willing these WoW developers are to put in extra time.

On the more hopeful side of things, Shadowlands’ first raid, Castle Nathria, isn’t due until December 8. That’s also when Shadowlands Season 1 begins. So if you’re playing WoW, maybe you can wait before jumping in to max everything right away. Oh who am I kidding, of course WoW players are going to turn it into a game of levelling up as fast as possible.

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