By releasing prepatch, they’re saying classes are essentially done. So the delay is more for systems. Given there are still significant changes that keep hitting beta for covenants and conduits, etc., I suspect it has something to do with that.
Perculia on WowHead has a great article speculating on when SL will be released and considerations on how it might effect players:
As they said in the post, they need more time to work on endgame. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense, since they’re reducing leveling time to something like 6 hrs from 10-50. This means that people will be hitting endgame much faster. In other words, the game is becoming much more endgame focused than leveling focused. In order to make this enormous change to the game work, they need to make sure that endgame will be engaging enough to keep people subbed until the next expac. Otherwise, they might begin to slide into the free-to-pay market due to not being able to keep people subbed as long as they’re used to. The loss of so many players in the early parts of BfA must have hurt. I imagine that’s one of the reasons they’re making these changes in the first place.
I’m ok with them pushing back the release date. The prepatch will have most if not all of the changes I really care about and the content I enjoy the most. For me leveling is what is fun in MMO’s so they can take their sweet time with the release and get it right.
Really looking forward to leveling up a bunch of alts on both sides.
The Barber Shop allows you to change your appearance in game. It has been in game for years, but with the release of Shadowlands there is a huge increase in customization options for your characters. People will be spending a lot of time playing around with their looks.
I’m pretty sure initially the limitation is there to make World First more challenging as those guilds min/max the heck out of every slot for every boss fight and will have to choose wisely on their 7 swaps.
After World First is over and say top 10 is logged, i am wondering if we don’t see it turn back into the rest zone/Tomes swap out that evolved with Essences.
Here’s what it means: Currently, when you’re in a no fly zone with your friends and you press Travel Form, unless you have the Cheetah glyph applied to Travel Form, you turn into a mountable stag and every body wants to hop on and ride you like they are in a rodeo.
They are changing this where you can now press Travel Form and you can turn into a stag that no one can mount. If you want to turn into a stag that your friend can mount, then you press Mount Form.
What also isn’t clear is if you have the cheetah glyph on your travel form, does your cheetah become mountable when you press Mount Form? Poor little cheetah.