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WoW expansion due on January 16th

The expansion pack was originally scheduled for release this month, but Blizzard Entertainment chose to delay the title until the New Year to extend beta-testing and to give the game its “finishing touches”.

The Burning Crusade will be released in Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on January 16th, too. Release dates for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are yet to be announced.

A Collector’s Edition of the World of Warcraft add-on will also be available which will include a coffee table book of The Art of Burning Crusade, an exclusive game pet, a behind-the-scenes DVD, a soundtrack CD, a trading card starter deck and exclusive cards.

“While World of Warcraft has continued to grow rapidly along with its player population, The Burning Crusade will represent our single largest addition of new game content and new features to date,” said Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and president Mike Morhaime.

Blizzard Entertainment has also announced that World of Warcraft now boasts some 7.5 million players – with the news coming as Vivendi Games again revealed a strong set of financials.

Sales of World of Warcraft lifted Vivendi Games’ revenues by 15 per cent to Euro 182 million during its third quarter period. Scarface also performed well for the French publisher and helped Vivendi’s games division to once again claim the position of star performer within the entertainment giant.

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