In the last few days there has been a lot of talk about the delay of Patch 9.1 of WoW Shadowlands, but now the developers have at least announced an approximate start date for the test realm for Patch 9.1. How Community Manager Bornakk im US-Forum announced the PTR will go online in about 2 weeks.

Then players can test the new zone in the gullet (Korthia) and explore the mega-dungeon Tazavesh. Dates for the first raid tests of Sanctum of Dominion will be shared with the community at a later date.

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With 9.0.5 behind us, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the 9.1 content for Shadowlands.

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.

There will be a wide variety of content to check out for Chains of Domination, so as usual, your testing will play a key role in iterating on this update. We can’t wait to get this in front of you and look forward to your feedback soon.

After inside information leaked that we could not play Patch 9.1 until August in the worst case, players now have at least an approximate schedule, whereby the word “about” (about 2 weeks) could mean more than two weeks. This news is not really reassuring.

Because for an X.1 patch, Patch 9.1 is already the latest update in WoW history (buy now 14,99 € ) received. Usually, X.1 patches appear around four months after the expansion is released (we are heading towards 5 months). And then the PTR has to be tested for at least another four weeks. A release in June would – as the insiders have predicted – actually be optimistic.

The whole situation may of course be owed to the pandemic, which is not allowing developers to work the way they otherwise could in the Irvine offices. Releasing an X.1 patch in seven to eight months rather than four months is still a huge difference.

WoW Patch 9.1: Cinematic trailer for Chains of Dominion – King’s Grief

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