Blizzard has revealed that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum system requirements include an SSD.
This information comes from the officially uploaded Shadowlands system requirements, which are fairly standard across the board except for that a “Solid State Drive (SSD)” with “100GB available space” is listed as both the minimum and recommended storage requirement. In case you’re wondering, the previous World of Warcraft expansion (Battle for Azeroth) only required an HDD.
There are a couple of other interesting things about this information. The first is that Blizzard notes that the system requirements they outline are subject to change as they complete the development of Shadowlands. The game is currently in its beta stage, and it’s certainly not unlikely that the game could change to such a degree that would mean this system requirement also changes.
The other point that’s certainly worth mentioning is that players report that they’re able to access the Shadowlands beta and run it without issue even if they don’t have an SSD installed. Again, though, that could just speak to the fact that the game is only in its beta phase which may or may not represent the final product in many ways. It’s also possible that the SSD minimum requirement is still really just a strong recommendation, but it feels like Blizzard would have clarified this matter further if that was the case.