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Blizzard finally confirms World of Warcraft Shadowlands release date

Published: 7/May/2020 8:36

by Isaac McIntyre

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World of Warcraft’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion, the first since Battle for Azeroth in 2018, has finally had a release date penned in, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack revealed in the company’s Q1 2020 earnings conference.

Expansion releases are huge moments for Blizzard’s long-standing 2004 MMORPG. In fact, the franchise has only had seven releases in the last 16 years. Shadowlands will mark WoW’s eighth entry, and hype couldn’t be bigger.

Shadowlands has always been slated for a 2020 release, but up until now, World of Warcraft fans have been left in the dark about when they could actually get their hands on the title’s brand-new content. That is, until now.

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Brack confirmed a more specific timeframe for when WoW’s new expansion will arrive ⁠during the company’s Q1 2020 earnings call. Shadowlands has now officially been locked in for release as early as November 2020.

According to Blizzard’s president, the eighth expansion was “on the ropes” for a time. There were doubts Team 2 could transition to working from home during the current global situation. They made it work in the end though, he said.

“Our teams have done a really good job in shifting,” he said during the May 5 call. “We were able to welcome players into the closed alpha last month.

“Thanks to the hard work of the team, Shadowlands is on track to launch in Q4 of this year.”

Brack was unable to provide a pinpoint date in Q4. Considering there are only two months ⁠— November and December ⁠— that fall under that umbrella though, it’s guaranteed to land ahead of the holidays later this year.

Shadowlands is already changing World of Warcraft

Shadowlands will bring a huge dump of content to the 16-year-old MMORPG when it finally arrives later this year too. A new dungeon called Torghast, Tower of the Damned is expected to headline the 2020 release.

Shadowlands will also mark the first time in six years WoW has debuted new major content outside of August. Classic launched in August last year, to a huge amount of praise. Legion and BFA arrived in the same month in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Warlords of Draenor, however, launched in November 2014.

The last World of Warcraft expansion to be released outside of August was Warlords of Draenor in 2014.
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The last World of Warcraft expansion to be released outside of August was Warlords of Draenor in 2014.

The expansion may still be six months out, but hype is already hitting deafening levels in the WoW community. That has been further bolstered by Twitch star Asmongold, who suggested Shadowlands could be the “greatest expansion ever.”

Can’t wait for November? Fair enough ⁠— the Shadowlands closed beta will open ahead of the official launch later this year, and you can sign up now. Here’s how to get your name in the hat for an early peek at the 2020 expansion.

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FIFA 21 Rulebreakers promo LIVE: player leaks, start time, predictions

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:31 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:32

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo was trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo is coming soon. 

EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto data miner FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

The following day, Oct. 22, EA SPORTS confirmed the promo’s name. They also revealed, “Rulebreakers leave behind their previous styles of play and transform into different kinds of stars with game-changing stat updates.”

When will the “Rulebreakers” promo begin?

FIFA’s spooky Ultimate Team promo ⁠— or at least, what Dexerto assumes is replacing the Ultimate Scream event this time around ⁠— is still based around Halloween. That means the promo will start this week, on Friday, October 23.

The event should run for just over a week, past the Halloween weekend.

If the timing on the “Rulebreakers” promo is the same as FUT’s spooky Ultimate Scream, we should see it last for just over a week. That means any special packs, challenges, and promo deals that hit Ultimate Team will last until November 2.

We’ll likely get a first-look reveal of the new promo event, and an upgraded team along with it, ahead of that 6 pm Friday release time. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK, and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Rulebreakers predictions: new FIFA 21 upgrades?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky ⁠— EA SPORTS hasn’t really given us any clues about the potential upgrade team beyond the name. In fact, they haven’t even given us that yet, and we had to rely on Ultimate Team leaks to learn the truth.

It does sound like “Rulebreakers” could be one of two things. The first is those ‘destroyer’ players who pick up cards left and right, get stuck in on the pitch, and just rule the roost with their imposing presence in-game.

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Everton striker Richarlison is a good Premier League shout for the “Rulebreakers” team.

The second could be more meta. The title, ‘Rulebreakers,’ could refer to cards featuring players out of position, and breaking the rules. Maybe we’ll see a 90+ pace center back ⁠— lord knows this meta needs one ⁠— or a 99 physical wingback upgrade.

This second suggestion is probably more likely, considering EA’s description of Rulebreakers: players will “leave behind their previous styles of play.”

EA has already confirmed two players for the promo too: Dries Mertens and Harry Kane. They also teased a third, a Brazillian star, but they have not yet confirmed it.

More possible ‘Rulebreaker’ players

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few spare FUT coins you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.