During Gamescom 2020's Opening Night Live, Blizzard finally revealed the release date for World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands as October 27th. With the announcement came a brand new animated trailer simply called Afterlives: Bastion, in which they give you some storyline insight into what's been going on behind the scenes a little. Regardless of your status, dead or alive, all Horde and Alliance heroes will be journeying into the afterlife with this latest addition to the game. As you encounter new lands only talked about hushed tones and fable. What lies ahead for you beyond the realms? Find out in two months when the latest content is released. But for now, enjoy the trailer!
Upon entering the Shadowlands, Azeroth's champions will encounter an otherworld in disarray. Virtuous souls are being wrongfully cast into the eternal darkness of the Maw, while the Covenants—powerful factions who hold dominion over the afterlife's disparate realms—face ruin and strife as the flow of the Shadowlands' essential anima mysteriously dwindles. As an ancient, long-bound evil gathers the strength to break its chains, players must carve their path through the uncharted reaches of the beyond, forge a pact with the Covenant that most aligns with their own principles and purpose—and ultimately restore balance to the hereafter.
Prior to the expansion's release, Azeroth will begin to bear the effects of Sylvanas's actions during a special pre-launch in-game event: "Death Rising." This limited-time event will send players to the frozen wastes of Icecrown, where the veil between worlds has been shattered—and the reawakening of the undead Scourge heralds the stirring of more sinister forces. The "Death Rising" event is part of the major pre-expansion game update to prepare for Shadowlands' release, which also includes a newly revamped leveling experience that takes players to the new pre-Shadowlands level cap of 50, the addition of an epic introductory adventure for players new to World of Warcraft set on the accursed island of Exile's Reach, a variety of updates to classes and abilities in preparation for the expansion, and more.