WoW - Big news!

So - it looks like Wrath of the Lich King might be closer than we think. I say might because with Blizzard it's hard to tell what they are up to as far as fixed dates. But we got this post in the official Warcraft forums from Eyonix:

With the release of Wrath of the Lich King approaching, we wanted to provide you with some important information. In preparation for the expansion, we will be issuing a new content patch in the coming weeks. Much like the patch made available shortly before The Burning Crusade's release, this content patch is designed to bridge current game content with that of the expansion and will contain some exciting changes and additions.

We have outlined some of the larger features scheduled to release with the patch below:

New class spells and talents
Stormwind Harbor
Barbershops in capital cities
Zeppelin towers outside of Orgrimmar and Tirisfal Glades
Two brand-new Arenas featuring challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles
Guild calendar
Hunter pet skill revamp
New profession: Inscription

As mentioned above, this is not a comprehensive list, just some of the major highlights. We’ll post the full patch notes as soon as they’re available. Regarding Inscription, please note that all Burning Crusade players will be able to select Inscription as one of their two professions and level up to a skill level of 375 with it. Upon the release of Wrath of the Lich King, players who purchase and install the expansion will be able to continue leveling in Inscription and the other professions beyond 375.

That is pretty freaking cool - but what can we learn from that? Let's look at what's going on in the coming weeks.

  • Sept 8-13 - Harvest Festival
  • Sept 18 - Warhammer online release
  • Sept 20-Oct 4 - Brewfest
  • Oct 10-11 - Blizzcon
  • Oct 18-Nov1 - Hallow's End
In the past the Harvest festival and Brewfest content were in the same download patch. That could be a very convenient place to put the download for the new stuff. This could be a really slick marketing move by Blizzard to keep wandering eyes from looking at Warhammer too much. I will admit I was thinking of trying the beta, but now...not so sure. This also gives those players who are getting a little bored something to do in the way of "fluff" content. Two special events with associated trinkets and goodies and some of the new content to experiment with.

That takes us to Blizzcon which is just foaming at the mouth for a major announcement. A release date maybe? Or an upcoming world event that has been speculated upon? If it's the world event leading to Lich King, Hallow's End could be a good time to unleash the Scourge on Azeroth. Or at least the content could but stuck into the Hallow's End patch, ready and waiting for the big event.

It is an exciting time and it looks like the boredom may be coming to an end. The Lich King is approaching!

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