Wrath of the Lich King Global Ship Dates Set

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I didn’t think there was any way in the world World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King would actually ship this year, but boy was I wrong. Blizzard today laid out the launch schedule for the sophomore WoW expansion, and low and behold it will be released before 2008 lets out. Here’s the Wrath of the Lich King launch rundown: North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia get it on November 13th, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand get it November 14th, and Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau get it on November 18th. The Chinese launch is still up in the air, but details are expected to be announced soon.

“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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Until then, we’ll continue to refine and playtest the expansion content to make sure it provides a highly polished and entertaining experience.”

First details on the Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition have also emerged today. Like the standard edition, it’ll be released on PC and Mac and come with a 208-page art book, an exclusive baby frost wyrm in-game pet, a bonus DVD, the official 21-song soundtrack on CD (with a few extra bonus tracks too), a special mouse pad printed with a map of Northrend on it, two WoW Trading Card Game March of the Legion starter decks, and two exclusive bonus cards, all for $70. The standard edition will retail 30 bucks cheaper at $40. North American retailers GameStop, Amazon, Circuit City and Best Buy are now accepting pre-orders. Pick your favorite and get your reservation in ASAP.

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