Burning Crusade 1/16/07

Originally posted on the WoW-Europe boards, and confirmed by Nethaera on the U.S. Blizzard site:

Blizzard Entertainment® announced today that World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade™, the highly anticipated expansion to the world’s leading subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft, will be in stores on January 16th in North America and Europe. The expansion will be available in a similar time frame in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore as well, and availability for mainland China and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will be announced in the near future. In addition, Blizzard today announced that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft has reached a new milestone, with 7.5 million players worldwide.

"While World of Warcraft has continued to grow rapidly along with its player population, The Burning Crusade will represent our single largest addition of new game content and new features to date,"said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With this expansion, we’re looking forward to offering the same level of quality that players have experienced in World of Warcraft so far, and we’ll continue balancing and play-testing up until launch to ensure that The Burning Crusade achieves that goal."

In World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, players will be able to advance their characters up to level 70, unlocking a world of power and possibilities along the way. Additional features coming in The Burning Crusade include two new playable races (the Blood Elves and the Draenei), flying mounts, new talents and abilities for all character classes, the new jewelcrafting profession, new magical weapons and armour, and many enhancements to player-vs.-player action. The expansion will also lead veteran players through the fabled Dark Portal and into Outland, former homeworld of the Orcs and site of a series of cataclysmic events that helped shape the history of the Warcraft® universe. In this shattered world, players will encounter new challenges and dangers in the form of new outdoor zones, quests, dungeons, never-before-seen monsters, and much more. Over the course of their new adventures in The Burning Crusade, players will grow in experience and power as they uncover the rich lore and mysteries of Outland and do battle with the demonic forces of The Burning Legion.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will be available at retail stores for Windows® 2000/XP and Macintosh® formats at a suggested retail price of 34.99€. A special Collector's Edition of the expansion will also be available, at a suggested retail price of 69.99€. This limited-edition package will include the expansion on both CD-ROM and DVD, the Art of the Burning Crusade coffee table book, an exclusive in-game pet, a behind-the-scenes DVD, one World of Warcraft Trading Card Game starter deck and exclusive cards, a map of Outland mouse pad and the official soundtrack CD. The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion requires the original World of Warcraft game, which is now selling for a suggested retail price of 19.99€. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade has received a 12+ rating by PEGI.

For more information on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, please visit the official website for the expansion at www.wow-europe.com/en/burningcrusade.


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# Nov 10 2006 at 12:26 PM Rating: Decent
what a wonderful birthday present it will be if it releases on the 16th, for me anyway :)
Blizzards "Release Dates"
# Nov 09 2006 at 3:08 PM Rating: Decent
Sadly, until I see it in my hands I do not believe any launch date by blizzard. I've played thier games since Silicon and Synapse (Blizzards former name) and after the release of StarCraft thier release dates got sketchy.. Diablo II anyone? or perhaps the ill fated StarCraft : Ghost.. per blizzard usual we've seen one push back.. it might be the last.. it might not.. I hope that we will indeed have it on January 16th.

I'm a serious blizzard fan, I devote alot of time into WoW and have devoted just as much time into thier earlier releases with SC:BW,D2X,War3:ROC and TFT. I'm all about the January 16th release.. if they can stick to it.
Blizzards "Release Dates"
# Nov 10 2006 at 8:32 AM Rating: Decent
One can but hope Blizzard will stick to the release date. Ah well, it gives me more time to reach level 60. :)
At Last!
# Nov 09 2006 at 11:28 AM Rating: Decent
Awesome! We have a definitive date!
At Last!
# Nov 11 2006 at 1:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Can't wait! i think just 'knowing' about an expansion has put a dull glaze on everything I do currently lol. I am so headed to preorder @ gamestop lol

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