MMO Year in Review: The Shadowlands delay (October 2020)

    
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Just marking time after all.

In October, Blizzard did something few people expected: It delayed World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion, offered refunds, and rolled out the pre-patch and new starter experience in the meantime, to the cheers of players. But by the end of the month – and just in time for a middling investor report during which Blizzard was forced to admit it had lost 2M players across its titles – Shadowlands had a new launch date to put it ahead of Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2 indefinitely delayed its Steam launch, Torchlight III officially launched, The Wagadu Chronicles funded on Kickstarter, New World returned to alpha testing, Genshin Impact had a moment in the sun, Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts gave us some good quotes, and Amazon canceled another game: Crucible. And Lord of the Rings Online returned to the spotlight with War of the Three Peaks, a paid patch that earned jeers from hardcore fans and signaled a business model shift.

Read on for the whole list from October of this past year!

TOP NEWS STORIES OF OCTOBER 2020

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