Blizzard Entertainment Announces World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King Release Date

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Set for November 13, 2008, the latest expansion of the renowned massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, will be available in both standard and Collector’s editions.

WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Release Date

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has confirmed the release dates for various regions:

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasizing the team’s commitment to polishing the expansion content for an engaging experience.

“We’re looking forward to launching Wrath of the Lich King and finally giving World of Warcraft players a chance to take on Arthas and his minions. Until then, we’ll continue to refine and playtest the expansion content to make sure it provides a highly polished and entertaining experience.”

— Mike Morhaime

Explore the Frozen Continent

This expansion takes players to the chilling continent of Northrend, the domain of the Lich King Arthas Menethil. Players will confront the undead armies across diverse landscapes, culminating at the Icecrown Glacier. The expansion raises the level cap to 80, introduces the Death Knight Hero class, and adds new dungeons, zones, and features like an achievement system and expanded PvP combat options.

Available Editions

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be offered in two packages for Windows XP/Windows Vista and Machintosh on DVD-ROM: a standard edition, priced at $39.99, and a special Collector’s Edition (available in select regions) priced at $69.99. The Collector’s Edition includes:

Wrath of the Lich King requires the base World of Warcraft game and The Burning Crusade expansion, which are available separately or as part of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest. The expansion has been rated Teen by the ESRB.

Since its 2004 launch, World of Warcraft has become the leading MMORPG worldwide, with over 10.9 million subscribers. Its first expansion, The Burning Crusade, set sales records upon release.

Subscriber Definition

World of Warcraft’s subscription definition includes paid subscriptions, active prepaid cards, and players in their initial free month. It excludes promotional, expired, or canceled subscriptions and expired prepaid cards. The definition applies globally, including in licensee territories.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is acclaimed for hit series like World of Warcraft, Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Known for top-selling games and the online service, Blizzard has received numerous awards and has a significant global player base.

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