First details of the WoW expansion

Written by Wil Harris

October 30, 2005 | 19:29

Tags: #burning-crusade #expansion #world-of-warcraft #wow

'The Burning Crusade' is the official title of the first expansion for World of Warcraft, and Eurogamer has the details.

The game raises the level cap to 70, and allows for level 70 players to have a flying mount to bomb around the new area, Outland, on.

Outland is home to some big nasty called Illidan, who is just the kind of chap you'll get major XP for killing.

More from EG:

"There's Medivh's old castle, the Kharazan Tower, and Lady Vashj, where you face off with the evil sea witch herself. Tempest Keep is a max level dungeon with five man instances and one raid level instance, and Auchindoun is both a dungeon and a player city for levels 65-70.

Finally there's the Black Temple, where you'll face off with Illidan himself. You'll need to have made it to level 70 first, natch.

You don't even have to be level 60 to start off your Outland adventure, however - Blizzard wants players to get going as soon as possible.

Burning Crusade also lets you explore the Caverns of Time - a new series of instanced dungeons that let you travel through time to be a part of important moments Warcraft's history. Just some of the instances planned include Thrall's escape from Durnholde Keep, the opening of the Dark Portal, the battle of Mount Hyjall, and the battle of Hellfire Peninsula.

The expansion will feature two new playable races - the Blood Elves, fighting for the Horde, and an Alliance race of which no details have yet been revealed."


The ability to travel to key moments in Warcraft's history sounds like a killer feature that could really add to the myuthology and sense of involvement with the game. Personally, I'm starting a brand new character to train up in anticipation.

Burning Crusade doesn't have an official release date yet, but it does have an official website.

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