WoW Shadowlands Coming November 23rd

This time for sure!

Blizzard announced that the World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands, delayed from its previously planned launch date of October 26th, will go live for players on November 23rd and 24th, depending on where you live.

The world-wide launch plan

For me, in California, the launch time will be 3pm on Monday, November 23rd.  As it is the week of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, I already have that time planned off for work.  I’ve learned never to take a vacation day for a launch, since that just ensures that disaster will ensue… I begged my way out of half a shift back when Gemstone launched on GEnie back in the day and it was literally unplayable… if I already have the day off, well, what the hell.

The dividing line will be Central European Time, the Paris time zone, where the expansion will go live at midnight on November 24th.

This launch date will secure the Battle for Azeroth to Shadowlands launch gap as the longest time between expansions for the game.

  • WoW Launch to The Burning Crusade – 784 days
  • The Burning Crusade to Wrath of the Lich King – 667 days
  • Wrath of the Lich King to Cataclysm – 754 days
  • Cataclysm to Mists of Pandaria – 658 days
  • Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor – 779 days
  • Warlords of Draenor to Legion – 656 days
  • Legion to Battle for Azeroth – 714 days
  • Battle for Azeroth to Shadowlands – 832 days

Meanwhile, the pre-launch events will kick off on November 10th with a scourge invasion.  We can look forward to that in order to warm up for the big day.

And there is a fresh story trailer to go with today’s announcement.


And, just to add on to things, November 23rd is also the 16th anniversary of the game’s launch, so there will probably be some anniversary high jinx mixed in with the expansion going live as well.

We will be there soon enough.  Enjoy the lull to warm up and catch up.

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