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Achievements coming to WOW?

So suggests Lich King alpha leak.

We wouldn't normally post details leaked from the alpha test for Wrath of the Lich King, the new World of Warcraft expansion - everything at this point is subject to change, anyway. However, this one is just too juicy to miss.

Screens posted by reveal that typing /achievements into the console brings up an all-new achievements interface, complete with some placeholder achievements which seem to have points values attached to them.

The system appears similar to the 'deeds' introduced by Lord of the Rings Online last year, and the Tome of Knowledge in the as yet unreleased Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Achievements spotted include levelling characters to 80 on both Alliance and Horde factions, and completing a daily quest each day for five days.

"We haven't made any announcements regarding this type of system for the game, and we don't plan to comment on rumours," a Blizzard spokesperson told Eurogamer.

Before you get excited, note that the feature is not yet integrated with the front-end of the alpha version of the game, and may not make it into the expansion if Blizzard runs out of time, holds it back for a future patch, or simply decides against it.

However, it is an indication that the developer is aware that its closest competition has stolen a march on it with this popular feature, and is investigating ways to retrofit it to WOW. Our money says you'll hear more about this soon, possibly from Blizzard's World Wide Invitational fan convention in Paris later this month.