WoW Week: Wrath of the Lich King, day 5

Warcraft lore and some educated guesswork hold vital clues to the structure of Northrend. But there's also that release date...

First off, the Lich King%26rsquo;s release date is still firmly under wraps, but a public beta running for several months up to the official release is a dead cert. Not only did the The Burning Crusade get one, but Christmas gifts sent out by Blizzard to its most devoted fans came adorned with a beta code for an unnamed product - which suggests it can%26rsquo;t be far off. We%26rsquo;re putting our money on a beta come mid-summer, and a release before autumn gets under way. The third part of our somewhat hazy guesswork is that StarCraft II is aimed at a Christmas release. We could have it completely wrong though - Blizzard are notorious for having complete information embargos on important issues like release dates. As for content, however, due to the sheer amount of lore available through the peripheral books and the trading card game, and WarCraft III, there%26rsquo;s a fair bit that we can speculate about with a hefty degree of accuracy...

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