The Burning Crusade dated

Simultaneous US/Europe launch.

Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade will be released on 16th January in both Europe and North America.

Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore will apparently receive the game "in a similar time frame", while availability for China and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau "will be announced in the near future".

Blizzard also revealed that it now has 7.5 million people playing the massively multiplayer game worldwide.

The Burning Crusade increases WOW's level cap to 70, adds two new races (Blood Elves and the Dranei) and allows players to explore Outland, former homeworld of the Orcs.

You can read more about it in our first impressions and our August interview with Blizzard's Paul Sams, and if you fancy a go on TBC, we're currently giving away 100 beta keys.

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