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World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Release Date Announced


World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, the expansion to the globally popular World of Warcraft MMORPG with 7.5 million subscribers worldwide, is to be released on January 16, 2007 in North America and Europe. The expansion will launch in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore around the same time. Availability for mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau has yet to be announced.

"While World of Warcraft has continued to grow rapidly along with its player population, The Burning Crusade will represent our largest addition of new game content and new features to date," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard. "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 The Burning Crusade achieves that goal."

Features included in the expansion are:

  • Advancement up to level 70 (the previous limit was 60).
  • New playable races for both Alliance and Horde factions: the Draenei and Blood Elves.
  • New Talents and abilities for all character classes.
  • New Jewelcrafting profession.
  • Exploration of Outland with completely new quests, zones, and dungeons.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will retail for $39.99. Additionally, a special collector's edition will be avaliable at $69.99.

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