November 13, 2008
New Warcraft Expansion Pack Releases
World of Warcraft, a fantasy role-playing online game, had its second expansion pack go on sale this week.
Over 2,000 people waited outside an Oxford Street store in London for a special midnight opening.
Other launch events that were being held in North America, Taiwan and South Korea.
The expansion pack, known as "The Wrath of the Lich King," includes bonus content for high-level players, new enemies, more equipment, spells and new professions.
This expansion also gives players the chance to take on a new type of character known as "Death Knight".
Players who waited for hours before midnight, got to pick up a copy of the game signed by the developers.
Scott Hamshere, from Bromley, was first inline for the game, but collapsed from exhaustion as the barriers were lifted to pick the game up.
After his collapsing, Ben West, a 23-year-old from Greenwich, was the first person to own the game.
"Up until that point it was a bit of an anti-climax in some respects. I expected to be second in line, and when I was first it was a real surprise," he said.
"I really feel for Scott, he was a real trooper, but in the end I think it just overwhelmed him. But we got chatting in the queue, he rang me afterwards, and we're going to meet up for a drink at some point."
The night was entertaining for a majority of people. Many players were saying they were going to play Warcraft all night once they got back home.
The game was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and launched in 2004. World of Warcraft, or also known as WoW, has grown into one of the most popular online games with over 11 million registered players.
"We've been looking forward to this launch event all year," said Blizzard's chief executive Mike Morhaime.
"This is one of the few opportunities we get to meet with players in person."
The focus of the expansion is the Lich King himself, Arthas Menethil, known from the real-time PC strategy game set in the Warcraft world. The new add-on involves battling against the army of undead that Arthas controls.
Blizzard is also expected to start updating the graphics engine for WoW to try and make it look more realistic.
In order to experience the bulk of the expansion pack users need to be at a minimum level of 55, meaning novice and low-level players may have some work to do.
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