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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches Oct. 27

Shadowlands is coming sooner than expected

Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

At Gamescom’s Opening Night Live event, Blizzard finally revealed the release date for World of Warcraft’s eighth expansion, Shadowlands. Players can dive into the Warcraft universe’s version of hell this fall, on Oct. 27.

Shadowlands sees players adventure into another realm, after Sylvanas Windrunner destroys the Lich King’s Helm of Domination. Players must help rebuild the Shadowlands and fix death across the world of Warcraft.

To do this, players will work alongside four different Covenants — afterlife clubs — tied to different zones. There’s the Kyrian of Bastion, the Night Fae of Ardenweald, the Necrolords of Maldraxxus, and the Venthyr of Revendreth. Players will assist each of these Covenants as they level, eventually choosing one as their ultimate ally for the rest of the expansion.

In the endgame, players will delve into The Maw, the deepest, darkest part of the Shadowlands to confront The Jailer, save old friends, and climb Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Torghast is one of the major features for Shadowlands, a procedurally generated, rogue-lite dungeon where players can earn resources to craft their own legendary items.

Like other World of Warcraft expansions, Shadowlands will also come with a host of new dungeons, items, class changes, and raids for players to adventure through. A pre-patch will also precede Shadowlands a few weeks before the expansion’s launch.