WoW: Burning Crusade launch details

It’s official- Blizzard is set to launch the highly anticipated World of Warcraft expansion pack, Burning Crusade, on January 17th, 2007, in Australia and New Zealand.

Despite the initial delay, the expansion pack brings a wealth of new game features such as new character races, talents and abilities, plus new weapons and items.

In addition, Blizzard today announced that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft has reached a new milestone, with 7.5 million players worldwide.

The Australian pricing for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will be $59.95 AUS for the Standard Edition and $99.95 AUS for the Collectors Edition.

“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 armor, 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.


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