The World of Warcraft: Shadowlands alpha launches this week
At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the eighth expansion of the MMO and the sequel to Battle for Azeroth. Yesterday, in a blog post, the game director Ion Hazzikostas announced that the upcoming expansion will enter its alpha stage for select players later this week.
While many players will have to wait for the beta to experience Shadowlands, a new alpha means a lot of datamining and the opportunity for players to get a taste of the upcoming features and story.
According to Hazzikostas, alpha players will have a chance to take on the new Bastion area. By the end of the month, the team plans to add another zone and Torghast, the game’s new “endless dungeon experience” mentioned at BlizzCon. Once all Shadowlands content is available for testing in alpha, Blizzard will clear the servers and enter the larger beta phase.
While all content will not be available at launch, Hazzikostas says players will immediately notice the new Spellbook. Blizzard is also bringing back several abilities in Shadowlands. All 12 classes will have new spells and many of those removed.
Blizzard has also changed the quest interface, which makes it easier for players to figure out how to reach a goal without having to open their map. Some PvP currency exchanges will also be active at the launch of the alpha.
Players interested in entering the beta can opt for the Blizzard website.