Blizzard dates Lich King

World of Warcraft expansion hitting on November 13 for Europe, US; collector's edition detailed.

After repeatedly insisting that the next expansion for World of Warcraft was going to be with gamers by the end of 2008, Blizzard today announced the street date for the next expansion pack for the 10-million-player massively multiplayer online game.

Gamers in Europe and the US will be getting the expansion on November 13--along with those in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Russia--while those in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand will have to wait a day longer, as they get it on the November 14. Four days later, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand come online--after which point only mainland China will be without Wrath of the Lich King. Blizzard promises to release news on that most populous of regions "at a later date."

The dating of the second World of Warcraft expansion pack has been a hot topic since the first, The Burning Crusade, hit stores in January 2007. Blizzard confirmed to GameSpot in August 2006 that annual expansions were on the cards, and despite confirming plans for Wrath of the Lich King in general terms at Blizzcon in 2007, it wasn't until May 2008 that the date was narrowed down to the second half of this year by Vivendi. This coincided with the news that Blizzard was raking in $100 million per month, almost entirely due to World of Warcraft.

Activision Blizzard's first set of joint financials in August then promised the game would be here in the final three months of 2008, though rumours still persisted that the expansion wouldn't reach eager gamers until early 2009.

As well as confirming the November 13 release for Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard also released details of the collector's edition package, for those who want to pony up the extra cash. Included in the " limited Collector's Edition package" will be the game, a 208-page art book " featuring never-before-seen images from the game," a behind-the-scenes DVD, soundtrack CD, mouse pad, and two starter decks for World of Warcraft trading card game March of the Legion. No pricing information for any of the editions has been released.

Blizzard will be hoping that the game's nigh-on 11 million subscribers will help to break its own impressive sales records. The Burning Crusade shifted 2.4 million copies in the US and Europe during its first 24 hours on sale, after a slew of midnight launch events across the globe.

Wrath of the Lich King raises the level cap to 80--up from 70 in The Burning Crusade and 60 originally--and introduces the game's first hero class, the Death Knight, as well as inscription, the game's second new profession. The expansion also opens up the northern continent of Northrend for exploration. For more on Wrath of the Lich King, check out our recent gameplay marathon, preview of the dungeons you're likely to encounter, and all the rest of our previous coverage.

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118 comments
MixMasterMario
MixMasterMario

Excellent. I absolutely can't wait, I'm anxious already. =DDDDD

Kvain
Kvain

That's what I'm talking about.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

which is kinda weird since china has almost 3x the number of american subscribers.

TheMaseThing
TheMaseThing

So China gets Wrath last.... haha take that farmers!

Baldur3272
Baldur3272

as i have been the comments, i think peolpe are loosing entrest in WoW. Maby because they are NUBS!!! who knows really?

cyborg100000
cyborg100000

Cause an expansion pack is a huge burst of new things added to the game, which costs a hell of a lot of money to create. Yeah they're earning billions but hey. It's a company, it's what they do.

Jahalo
Jahalo

One thing I dont understand maybe someone can clarify this for me, is when you are paying monthly for a game - like I am - why would you have to buy an expansion pack? Would that not be included in your monthly sub? I play Guild Wars also, and my understanding was - you don't pay a monthly sub because you have to buy the expansions. I don't understand why we would have to buy expansions when we are already paying a monthly sub fee. Not that I won't buy the expansion, but I just don't feel right about it.

OGNeo69
OGNeo69

@gandalfstorm, maybe its time to start upgrading or rebuild a new comp bro. It is only going to get worse from hear on out. I wouldn't just do it for this xpac though but mmo's like AOC take a hit on comps as well and trust me...it's very much worth it ;)

HufflePuff-TLH
HufflePuff-TLH

Finaly a date, i am happy, now all we need is a date for star2... cant wait

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

anyone if system spec is the same or higher, i find bc a big hit on the performance, even with everything turned off, i hope its not the same with lich otherwise it will be unplayable

PsychoBear
PsychoBear

Collectors edition has some nice goodies, wouldn't mind paying the extra money for it all. However I'm more interested in hearing a release date for Starcraft 2!!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Theres a mistake in the article - it gives the same country receiving the game on different dates...

crucifix401
crucifix401

Excellent, I've been meaning to book some leave. Of course when Starcraft 2 shows up I'll just quit.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Just canceled my account. Too much sucky PVP. Thank god for Warhammer.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Whoooo, collector's edition and Death Knight here i come!

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

@BlackKnightOfH8 Betas for MMOGs are frequently very close to release date. In fact I think the Warhammer Online beta is still going, and it releases this week.

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

This game is not ready yet(currently in the beta), so unless they do work on it day and night expect it to be pushed back. Also what a horrible date. I'm really not trying to spend that much on games(WotLK,GoW2,Fable2,Left4Dead) in a one month period.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I like how the article is called "Blizzard Dates Lich King" Sounds like two oddly named celebrities hooking up hahaha

CHRION987
CHRION987

Cool story...ill be playing warhammer. Now wheres my diablo3 and starcraft2 at!!

Testify_exe
Testify_exe

I'm gonna get this. Been playing WoW almost since it came out, and even though i barely play anymore I'm sure this will draw me back in.

OGNeo69
OGNeo69

@sirus1210, grind yes, to some extent you will be doing quests, some mundane repeatable content, but when they launched BC and gear you spent so long on became obsolete so fast (except for a very few) and ramped up the faction grinding till we were all bleeding from our eye sockets with heavy repeatable unlocked dungeons?!!? well..I have to say pass... It was fun for awhile and I enjoyed my time there but please just be more sincere....grind was a start...now tell the tale of the rest of the rinse repeat gear gear GEAR! hehe

OGNeo69
OGNeo69

@sirus1210, grind yes, to some extent you will be doing quests, some mundane repeatable content, but when they launched BC and gear you spent so long on became obsolete so fast (except for a very few) and ramped up the faction grinding till we were all bleeding from our eye sockets with heavy repeatable unlocked dungeons?!!? well..I have to say pass... It was fun for awhile and I enjoyed my time there but please just be more sincere....grind was a start...now tell the tale of the rest of the rinse repeat gear gear GEAR! hehe

Magick_Mike
Magick_Mike

Good news, shame such a bunch of asses like blizzard make such good games. its like micro$oft, theres no win ;(

fatty4games
fatty4games

Watch it totally come out like Feb 09'!! Hate to get your hopes up.. but we flipped the date, once more!

XY12Burnz
XY12Burnz

When is Canada going to get it? They mention US and Mexico, but not Canada.

sirus1210
sirus1210

I've been playing beta for about 2 weeks now and can say, with full sincerity that this will be the best addition to WoW to date. The attention to detail has been ramped up so much and the in game "cut scenes" are just outright stunning at times (especially the Death Knight scenes). The graphics are getting a small overhaul (real time shadows for environments and characters) and everything just looks and feels so much better ... and it's still 2 months away from release. I cannot wait to see this fine tuned and polished to a shine and I will be there at midnight on release day with my pre-order slip and lawn chair. It's sad thought to see so many people dog this game like it's so mind bogglingly different from all the MMOs out there. As if Warhammer will be "grind" free, or Age of Conan is an amazingly exciting experience 24/7 ... all MMOs are a "grind" ... PERIOD. If you have never touched an MMO in your life ... or have never played a Blizzard game ... just don't even bother wasting everyone's time with your post.

lev_six
lev_six

Are any visual improvements on the plate or is it just more content for its dated engine?

Mauller
Mauller

Oh look, they repackaged burning crusades extra content.

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

good finaly a date, i was worried of a 09 date for the last month.... g4 mentioned late december a few days ago...

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

good finaly a date, i was worried of a 09 date for the last month.... g4 mentioned late december a few days ago...

tehfireballer
tehfireballer

Kreyten: you don't. It lightens the mood of the game. maybe if you actually tried getting high on wow, you'd enjoy it.... Come on, just one try :P

Hewkii
Hewkii

never quite got to 70. oh well, always next time.

kretyn
kretyn

wow sucks. gnomes with pink hair running around? how can you take that seriously? not for me.

kretyn
kretyn

wow sucks. gnomes with pink hair running around? how can you take that seriously? not for me.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Great for all you WoWers out there. The Frozen Crusade is coming.

Cowing30
Cowing30

i was very excited for this however recently ive been playin oblivion and im looking forward to fable 2. and the fact of diablo 3 ive really lost interest in WoW and i never even got a lvl 70

Slammer612
Slammer612

ugh more WoW? When will this game die? Soon hopefully, its a drain on your time and money. You don't have to play it, and if you don't already this news is irrelevant to you so why post?