The newest expansion for the popular MMORPG, World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands, has been delayed. It’s an uncanny move from Blizzard Entertainment. But in a year when video game delays are increasingly common, WoW is just the latest game to face postponement. For people unfamiliar with the series, it is even more surprising that many fans are happy about the delay.
WHY ARE FANS HAPPY?
In the past, Blizzard has been very steadfast that its latest World of Warcraft expansion would arrive on time. With less than a month to go before launch, the company announced that it was delaying the game until later this year. As of right now, there isn’t a new official release date for the game. But fans are still optimistic about what the delay means for Shadowlands.
A recent string of Blizzard games has received either lukewarm receptions or heavy criticism. Diablo III was a disappointment for many fans of that franchise. And Warcraft III: Reforged was so maligned by fans that Blizzard offered instant refunds, no questions asked. Even the last World of Warcraft expansion was bogged down by complaints that the writing and gameplay were flawed. Still, fans were cautiously optimistic about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Then the beta launched for the new WoW expansion, and a lot of players weren’t so optimistic anymore.
People who played the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands beta easily noticed a few problems. The expansion seemed untidy and unready for release, as players noticed bugs and in-game system issues. Some fans were very vocal about their disappointment. The general opinion for beta players seemed to be that the game just didn’t feel ready to launch.
So, when Blizzard Entertainment announced the delay of Shadowlands, a lot of WoW fans were happy about the decision. The fans want a great game, even if that means waiting a little longer for it. Blizzard’s delay of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is also a good indication because it means the company has been listening to feedback from fans and is dedicated to not releasing their product until it is of proper quality.
As of now, Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t announced a new release date for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. However, most fans seem to be happily content to wait for the game a little longer. As long as it means the expansion is good when it finally launches.