It won’t be long before the WoW Shadowlands beta is released on Battle.Net and a lucky group of fans can start playing. Blizzard revealed as much last week, confirming that the new expansion testing phase would be kicking off in July. No set release day has been announced by the development team, but gamers expect the World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta to kick off sometime between Tuesday, July 14, and Friday, July 17, 2020.
This week’s scheduled maintenance on Battle.Net doesn’t provide much in hints, only confirming that downtime is being scheduled for WoW tomorrow, July 14.
This will last an hour and finishes at 8am PT, so we would expect the new WoW Shadowlands beta to start sometime after that.
However, it should be noted that there is no guarantee it will happen as soon as the maintenance is complete.
Looking at how previous patches have been released, the WoW Shadowlands beta release date is likely set for Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
The good news is that Blizzard are expected to offer more guidance on the launch of World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta before it launches.
For those wanting to join in, you will need to make sure that you have signed up your interest on the official WoW beta page.
A message on the official WoW beta page adds: “Opt in for your chance to beta-test World of Warcraft: Shadowlands before it’s released. You’ll also receive news and updates about the game.”
Even if you do complete this step, it should be noted that early access to Shadowlands is not guaranteed.
Blizzard has not confirmed how long the WoW beta will run for but with the Shadowlands experience releasing in Autumn, we would expect at least a month of runtime to be available.
The dev team has been sharing more news connected to the expansion and what gamers can expect when the Shadowlands beta goes live this week.
You can read some of the latest information below on the big World of Warcraft launch:
During your travels in the Shadowlands, you’ll meet key members from each Covenant—Kyrian, Necrolord, Night Fae, and Venthyr—and, if you choose to walk in their path, you’ll be able to Soulbind with them. Soulbinding allows you to gain access to traits that provide bonuses or enhance your skills so you can effectively combat all who stand in your way.
After hitting max level, you’ll be able to choose to pledge yourself to a Covenant and forge a deep bond with some of their key members, who’ll lend their powers to use as your own. In practice, each Covenant will allow you to form this link with one of three Soulbinds. The first two Soulbinds are available as soon as you join a Covenant and do a little bit of questing—no other activity or currency required. The third Soulbind is unlocked when you complete the Covenant Campaign quest line.