It’s a very big day for World of Warcraft. While the Shadowlands expansion has been delayed to a later date in 2020, the pre-patch that contains a number of significant updates and improvements is available right now in North America.
The European launch is next, with other regions presumably to follow thereafter.
The moment you’ve been waiting for. Pre-patch is NOW LIVE in NA. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/upgQsnfBwP
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) October 13, 2020
This is a gigantic update that introduces the “majority” of the game system changes that will come in Shadowlands, including the first-ever level squish for the MMO. Players are now reduced to a maximum level of 50, in preparation for the new level cap of 60 when Shadowlands releases. The pre-patch also introduces the Exile’s Reach starting zone, new customization options for all races, and adjustments to item and stat levels.