dark        

World of Warcraft's Shadowlands pre-patch and the companion app are now live

0

It'll get you through the launch of the expansion

World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion has been delayed, but the pre-patch is still going ahead as planned to tide players over and keep them subscribing until then.

If you aren't familiar with the concept, Blizzard typically provides "pre-patches" as lead-ins to upcoming expansions, to get people excited for new story prospects and ease in big changes to the meta-game or the fundamentals of WoW. In this case, the developers launched the new "level squish," which brings level 120 characters back down to size to 50.

As a result, leveling should feel more meaningful for both new and older characters. In the past many levels were superfluous, granting no extra powers or abilities: now, leveling should be a bit more exciting with more rewards squished in. Speaking of leveling, you can also take a new character out to Exile's Reach: the reworked new player experience zone. You can spend levels 1-10 here as you learn the ropes in a new area of the game, which even has a micro-dungeon.

For veterans, an endgame storyline in Icecrown is happening now, with story implications for Shadowlands. There's also a bunch of little extras like the ability to change your appearance for free at the barbershop. Oh and an update for the companion app is out before Shadowlands, which will add covenant functionality when the expansion arrives.

It's a lot! I'm diving back in now so I'm fully ready for Shadowlands. It was smart to push all of this stuff out of the gate first, so Blizzard has time to tweak it if need be. Right now race and faction changes, as well as character transfers are 30% off until November 15, which could be a hint as to when the expansion drops.

Shadowlands Pre-Expansion Patch [Battle.net]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 
 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Chris Carter
Chris CarterReviews Director, Co-EIC   gamer profile

Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! ------------------- T... more + disclosures


 


 


Also on Destructoid: World of Warcraft   (85)   From our database:

  • Here's all the info you need to play World of Warcraft's new Shadowlands expansion - Chris Carter
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will have eight new dungeons at launch - Chris Carter
  • World of Warcraft Shadowlands' pre-launch event is live, and it's pretty fun - Chris Carter
  • After ages of allowing it, Blizzard is taking steps to end 'multi-boxing' in World of Warcraft - Chris Carter
  • You have until November 22 to celebrate World of Warcraft's 16th anniversary - Chris Carter
  • Activision boss says World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-sales are 'the highest we've seen at this stage ahead of any release' - Chris Carter
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' new release date is November 23 and the pre-launch event starts Nov. 10 - Jordan Devore
  • World of Warcraft's newest event lets you earn the Headless Horseman Hearthstone again - Chris Carter
  • World of Warcraft's Shadowlands pre-patch and the companion app are now live - Chris Carter
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Blizzard #MMO #PC #World of Warcraft

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •