Could World of Warcraft’s Patch 9.0 be arriving soon? The Shadowlands “pre-patch,” as this game’s strange terminology goes, just arrived on the public test realm, signalling that it’s making its way to the live servers in the near future. Or the far future. This is Blizzard, after all, and speed is never one of the studio’s traits. Still, it’s a pretty exciting development for the game’s antsy fans.
This first phase of pre-patch testing involves testing out the core class updates, navigation improvements, the fresh new player experience, the expanded character customization we’ve been hearing about for a while now, and the Scourge Invasion event that will precede Shadowlands’ launch.
Blizzard said that it’s going to be rolling out the next phase of PTR pre-patch testing tomorrow. When the pre-patch does arrive on the live servers, it’ll signal the start of the Shadowlands expansion cycle and the countdown to the official launch. The studio said that the pre-patch’s release will be “several weeks” before Shadowlands debuts.