World of Warcraft screenshot of the four Shadowlands covenants

[Update]: The Shadowlands expansion has been delayed until late 2020, while the pre-patch is coming on October 13, 2020.

After spending a fair bit of time in alpha and beta testing, World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion will soon be unleashed in full. According to the latest announcement, Shadowlands will be launching at 4pm PDT on October 26th, or for those of us in Europe, at 12am on October 27th.

In terms of content, Shadowlands will bring with it five massive new zones to explore, four Covenants that each offer unique abilities and cosmetics, as well as Torghast, Tower of the Damned - an infinitely replayable and ever-changing dungeon that serves as a sort of fast-paced roguelike mode. You can also expect to see a revamp of the leveling experience, a variety of new dungeons and raids, balance changes and class reworks, and the list goes on for a while.

You can get a bit of an idea of what the new zones will be like, as well as what sort of themes the four Covenants are going for, through the freshly posted trailer.

[Update]: The trailer has now been taken down, likely because it mentions the previous release date. Instead, here's one of the animated shorts introducing the new covenants:

To learn more about Shadowlands, or World of Warcraft in general, you should head on over to the official website. Enjoy, and don't forget that the Shadowlands pre-patch will be coming in the near future - just in case you feel like leveling a brand new character before the expansion hits.