With the latest expansion to the World of Warcraft closing in on its October 28 release date, fans have been eagerly awaiting the patch for the main game\u2019s client that will allow them to fully begin preparations for Shadowlands. The pre-patch period for the series is implemented to allow subscribers to jump back in, explore some of the changes or features that are implemented to the game. For the pre-patch for Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard introduced the Allied Races feature, where players could start a small quest chain that would allow them to unlock races allied to their faction, such as Dark Iron Dwarves for Alliance players and the Nightborne for Horde. Changes to game fundamentals for many classes are expected with the Shadowlands update, designed to bring back more of the unique identity that comes with each class. The Public Test Realm has seen the class changes already, having been live since mid-August, so these are expected to go live as part of the full pre-patch release, while the new areas of the expansion will be accessible on the launch date. However, the pre-patch for each expansion has historically launched out at different times. Four of the game\u2019s eight new releases saw a pre-patch period of four weeks before the official release date, including the current content in Battle for Azeroth. This week would mark four weeks before release, so the expectation would be that the pre-patch will drop in the coming days. But with development for many studios disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be a much shorter time between the pre-patch launch date and the full release. There are indicators that it could be later than normal in-game too, with the current Mythic+ season content still active when it would normally be completed roughly two weeks before release. Blizzard is also still making balance changes to classes in the current Public Test Realm, so currently the situation is up in the air, though a recent update from Wowhead has confirmed that the current build used in those servers is considered a release candidate, meaning that it is in a state that is close to release. This could mean a release is coming next week. https:\/\/twitter.com\/Wowhead\/status\/1311071293173723136 However, our best advice would be to keep a close eye on the official World of Warcraft Twitter page as this will be the first to announce when the game\u2019s pre-patch will drop, though this will also be updated once a date is confirmed.