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Burning Crusade belches forth Hellfire

Blizzard, the developer behind the seemingly unstoppable MMORPG juggernaut World of Warcraft, has announced some fresh details for its upcoming Burning Crusade expansion pack, revealing Hellfire Citadel - an instance (a quest that doesn't generate its content until the player has begun the quest) for roving adventurers to explore.

Described by Blizzard as "a nearly impenetrable bastion," Hellfire Citadel is located deep within Hellfire Peninsula in the Outlands zone and, according to WoW lore, served as a base of operations for the Hordes during the First and Second Wars.



Above: This concept art from Blizzard shows the theme of the new Hellfire Citadel instance

Thought to have been abandoned, the imposing fortress is now inhabited by a new breed of warty-faced nasties: the red-skinned and remorselessly savage fel orcs. Tales from Outland tell of blood-curdling cries emanating from the bowels of the citadel. Does the secret of who commands the ever-increasing numbers of foul fel orcs lie behind these chilling sounds?

Blizzard is still keeping tight-lipped with regards to a release date for The Burning Crusade - all we know is that it will be released sometime in 2006 - but there's no doubt that the millions of WoW subscribers will be hoping that they can explore the mysterious Hellfire Citadel sooner rather than later. After all, there's a fel orc infestation that needs urgent attention.

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