Blizzard has promised to release 'World of Warcraft' expansion 'Shadowlands' later this year.

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The studio's executive producer John Hight has committed to shipping the update in the autumn despite uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a livestream this week, he said: "You have our commitment that we will be releasing 'Shadowlands' this fall, even if we end up shipping it from our homes."

He also noted the beta for the expansion will launch next week with invites being sent out over the rest of the summer.

At the end of the livestream, Ion Hazzikostats commented on the Black Lives Matter movement.

He said: "We'd originally planned on doing this stream a month ago and back then we'd have had somewhat different material.

"But we postponed it then to avoid distracting from a more important conversation. But of course that conversation is still happening.

"Injustice doesn't cease just because we look away. Black lives mattered a month ago, black lives matter today.

"And if that phrase is difficult to hear, know that I and others who speak those words aren't saying that your life has any less worth, we're only calling attention to the ways in which our societies seem to need a reminder that black lives matter.

"As John [Hight] said, these are extraordinarily difficult times and we can often help by simply listening with open hearts, so be kind to one another, stay safe, and we'll see you in Azeroth and the Shadowlands beyond."