World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the eighth expansion, isn’t due out until some time this summer, but Blizzard just announced that its closed alpha will begin later this week. Though invites will be mostly limited to “long-time WoW players with active accounts in good standing,” this will also be the first opportunity for players to datamine Shadowlands and find out new details that Blizzard hasn’t yet discussed.

In a blog post, game director Ion Hazzikostas announced the closed alpha and gave details on what players can expect when they first jump in. Because Shadowlands is still in development, the alpha will initially be limited to the starter zone of Bastion and its corresponding dungeon, The Necrotic Wake.

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