World of Warcraft expansion pack announced

Blizzard has announced The Burning Crusade expansion pack for its hugely popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft that will introduce WoW players to new races, lands, dungeons and quests.

The first new race revealed by Blizzard is the Blood Elf race, former High Elves who have aligned themselves with the Horde to hunt the demons that destroyed their homeland. Blizzard has stated that it will confirm additional races at a later date.

Other notable new features so far announced include: Two new lands to explore - the Blood Elves' territory of Quel'Thalas and the Outlands; a rise in the level cap from 60 to 70; a new Jewelcrafting profession; and flying mounts to traverse hazardous terrains.

No details have been offered regarding when the expansion pack will be released or how Blizzard intends to distribute it. Of course, we'll keep you posted with more news as it becomes available.