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‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ release date, preview, gameplay: Livestream update is now set in early July

From the first “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” cinematic trailer | Photo credit: Blizzard Entertainment via World of Warcraft / YouTube screenshot

The “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” expansion has to be one of the biggest releases Blizzard Entertainment currently has in the pipeline. The developer has been generous in giving away details story-wise, but more information is now planned to be unveiled through a livestream event happening in early July.

How and where to watch the special ‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ livestream

It can be recalled that the “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” livestream was originally planned for earlier this month. But the height of anti-racism protests convinced Blizzard to postpone the event so as not to take away its fans’ attention from the social issues.

After a few weeks, Blizzard finally announced a new schedule for the event. The “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” livestream is now set on Wednesday, July 8, at 9 a.m. PDT. Other than the date, not much has been changed from the original plan. “World of Warcraft” executive producer John Hight and game director Ion Hazzikostas will still host the event that fans can watch on the game’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.

What to expect from the ‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ livestream event

As mentioned, the story of “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” has never been a secret since the expansion was announced. It will continue the lore with Sylvanas Windrunner still in the center of the chaos. The plot picks up from the effects of “Battle for Azeroth.” The destruction of the Helm of Domination has led to the fall of the border separating Azeroth and the Shadowlands explaining how the players get to reach the afterlife.

Most of the plot-related content of “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” has been revealed including that it will have four main zones guarded by different Covenants where players can spend most of their time leveling up their characters. But the expansion will also introduce the biggest level squish in the game’s history bringing down the max level to 60.

The upcoming “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” livestream hopefully would give players a more vivid example of how the level squish is going to change the way they play the game in the next expansion. There are other gameplay aspects to the expansion that might as well become the focus of the event.

The development of the next expansion has been in full swing for some time now since its announcement at 2019 BlizzCon. Blizzard has also confirmed that “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” is slated to go live within the last quarter of 2020.

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