WOW Lich King Expansion Due November 13

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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack for its popular World of Warcraft massively online multiplayer role-playing game will land at North American retailers November 13. Folks in other markets won’t have to wait very long to get their hands on the game, though: Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia are also scheduled to get the expansion pack the 13th, with Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand getting it November 14th, with Korea, Hong Kon, Macau, and Taiwan getting the game November 18.

"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," said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime, in a statement. "Until then, we’ll continue to refine and playtest the expansion content to make sure it provides a highly polished and entertaining experience."

World of Warcraft is immensely popular in China, although Blizzard says it will announce plans to sell Wrath there at a later date.

Wrath of the Lich King will be available in two editions: a standard edition for $39.99 which will include a DVD with Windows XP/Vista and Mac versions of the game. A special collectors edition ($69.99) will also contain a 208-page art book, an exclusive in-game pet, a behind-the-scenes DVD detailing the making of the game, along with an official soundtrack CD, a mousepad, and two starter decks for the WOW trading card game March of the Legion.

World of Warcraft claims almost 11 million subscribers worldwide; its previous expansion pack, The Burning Crusade, sold almost 2.4 million copies in its first day of availability in early 2007.