World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands beta starts next week – how to sign up

Blizzard has officially announced the beta for new World Of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands, as well as a collector’s edition.

The eighth expansion for World Of Warcraft still doesn’t have a release date, despite this week’s livestream, and technically neither does its beta – but it is due to start very soon.

Beta invites will be going out very soon, with more during the summer, and all you have to do to be in with a chance of getting one is make sure you’ve opted-in. To do that go to the account management page on and toggle on the option to receive beta invites.

Beyond that it’s just down to the luck of the draw, but we imagine there’ll be more invites the closer the expansion gets to release, as it is only a beta and some of it will still be work in progress.

The livestream is above but the highlights were the new Theater of War dungeon and Covenant sanctums, each of which have their own mini-games and rules.

The level cap for the beta will be 60, with the Castle Nathria raid, legendary rune crafting, Covenant campaigns, and PvP being added in over time.

Shadowlands might not have a date yet, but Blizzard are adamant that it will be out this autumn (or fall as Americans would have it), with this very definitive-sounding statement:

‘You have our commitment, we will be releasing Shadowlands this fall even if we end up shipping it from our homes.’

What they won’t be shipping from their homes though is the Limited Collector’s Edition which contains all of the following:

• Hardback Art of the Shadowlands book
• Shattered sky mousepad
• Set of 4 collector’s pins featuring the sigils of each Shadowlands covenant
• Shadowlands Collector’s Edition digital soundtrack key
• Epic Edition digital game key, which comes with 30 days of game time and all of the in-game extras from the digital Epic Edition:
• Ensorcelled Everwyrm mount
• Anima Wyrmling pet
• Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone
• Illusion: Wraithchill cosmetic weapon effect
• Shadowlands-level character boost

There’s no indication of how much it’ll cost yet but as there’s no super expensive-looking statue, or similar, it’ll probably be on the cheaper side for these sorts of things.

Or maybe not, we’re going to be honest and say we don’t know what the going rate is for a Wyrmling pet.

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