World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Will Require 100GB and an SSD

In a new press release for their upcoming World of Warcraft expansion pack, Blizzard Entertainment has revealed that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will require 100GB and an SSD! This will see the game’s base file size increase by almost 40GB.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to require 100GB and an SSD

The system requirements for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion have been revealed. For the most part, there has been nothing to shock or surprise gamers; this is a title that has been active now for close to 16 years after all. This is, however, aside for one key detail; that being that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will require 100GB and an SSD.

Unlike harder hardware requirements for higher RAM, newer graphics cards, or even newer operating systems, the requirement of an SSD shouldn’t prevent those who cannot afford one or do not have access to one from playing the game. However, they will find that the load times are far longer than were they on a Solid State Drive. As it currently stands, World of Warcraft requires around 62.3GB of hard drive space. This means that this new expansion will be either be adding close to 40GB or that space is for future content. The requirement of 100GB might seem excessive at first, but bear in mind that after a recent update, the PC port of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game now requires over 200GB!


Originally releasing in 2004, World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and is a spinoff from the real-time strategy games of the same name and is one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time. 2019 saw the release of World of Warcraft Classic. This new version allows players to play the game as it was before any of its expansions launched.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Cinematic Trailer

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be the game’s 8th expansion and will allow players to explore the titular Shadowlands, the Warcraft’s realm of death. The expansion will feature an overhauled leveling system and access to the Death Knight character class for races that did not previously have access to it.

The price of Solid State Drives has come down considerably over the years; You can find 120GB drives for around £20 (or your regional equivalent) if you shop around. But for some gamers, the process of having to upgrade their machine might be a little too much, especially for a game as old as it is.

What about you, dear reader? Are you still excited for this new expansion? Is the news that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will require 100GB and an SSD putting you off it? Are you reluctant to upgrade to SSD for this update? Lets us know in the comments below!

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odd my load times are just as fast as normal once I have entered the zones for the first time using a normal HDD, as for the ram they require, I play it just fine on 3 gigs, I wonder why they put these specs on there like that, heck my video card is a R7 240 2gb and I am running max settings without a single issue, not sure why they are blowing the specs up but unless its going to change in 3 days those insane amounts of ram and video memory and a SSD is far from… Read more »

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