When World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' Update 9.1 was announced earlier this year during BlizzConline, Blizzard shared how it would build upon the expansion's foundations but did not mention any release date or at least a broader window when we might expect it.
Called Chains of Domination, it brings about the expected new raid and dungeon, while expanding upon WoW: Shadowlands' Covenants core feature. The Maw is growing and will be traversable via mounts, our allies in the afterlife gain renewed strength, and, courtesy of a blue post on the game's forums, we now know when it will land on the PTR.
"In about 2 weeks, we will have Chains of Domination available for the community on the PTR. Also, raid testing details will be posted a week or so after the PTR is online," Community Manager Bornakk said on March 30.
This means that WoW: Shadowlands Update 9.1 will have its PTR release date at some point during the week of April 12, after which players can dig their teeth into its new features and test upcoming content.
Since PTR cycles usually last around 2.5 to 3 months, we could be looking at a World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Update 9.1 release date set towards the end of June or early July. We predict that it will go live on June 29.
Expected Release Date
- Between June 22 and July 6
- Gamewatcher Estimation: June 29/June 30
That being said, things could be a bit different in the case of Shadowlands. The expansion itself ended up delayed, the ongoing pandemic playing its part, and we're currently looking at the slowest patch cadence in recent years.
Battle for Azeroth, the MMORPG's previous expansion, received its first content patch 143 days after launch, which was about two times slower than Legion, the previous expansion. If June 29 does prove to be the WoW: Shadowlands Update 9.1 release date, that would mean a whole 245 days will have passed since launch.
Admittedly, Update 9.0.5 did release in early March, albeit without any significant content additions. We'll update this article with any news regarding the release date of WoW: Shadowlands 9.1 Update as soon as we learn more.
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