WoW to unleash Lich King on November 13

  • Chicago (IL) - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is a highly anticipated expansion pack for the most popular MMORPG of all time. The big question on gamers' minds has been: when will it come out? Blizzard Entertainment finally answered that question, saying today the pack will be available November 13 in North America and other global markets, followed by more world releases in the days immediately following.

    The upcoming Lich King expansion, noted for its addition of achievements to the World of Warcraft franchise, will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows XP/Windows Vista and Macintosh in two packages. One is a standard edition costing around $40. The other is your usual Collector's Edition, costing around $70. To justify the extra $30, Blizzard is including a 208 page art book from the game, an exclusive in-game pet, behind-the-scenes DVD, official CD game soundtrack, a map mouse pad and two starter decks/exclusive cards from the World of Warcraft trading card game March of the Legion.

    Blizzard says Lich King will require both the original WoW game, as well as the first expansion pack Burning Crusade, to operate. This seems a little unusual in that usually expansion packs just require the original game to operate. You can, according to Blizzard, pick up the two required titles in a special bundle for around $40. Here is how the game is described by Blizzard: "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King sends players to the cold, forbidding continent of Northrend, where the fearsome Lich King Arthas Menethil, last seen in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, works from his secluded citadel to bring all of Azeroth under his twisted dominion.

    Players will battle the Lich King’s undead army from the shores of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra to the seat of his unholy power in Icecrown Glacier. In addition, players will be able to advance characters to level 80 and gain powerful new abilities while exploring several new zones and dungeons. The expansion also introduces a number of exciting new features, including an achievement system, expanded player-vs.-player combat options such as siege weapons and destructible buildings, and the game’s first Hero class - the necromantic death knight."