World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Goes Golden!

Yes, it has begun. The end of 7+ million lives will continue, for on January 16th, 2007, the highly anticipated (and loathed) expansion to World of Warcraft - The Burning Crusade will launch. I know I hear a collective groaning from some of you, but hey, near 8 million people can't be wrong - right? According to a post on the official Blizzard forums by some dude named Tseric, The Burning Crusade has indeed gone gold and will be shipping out to stores in time for the retail launch date of January 16th, 2007.

So get ready to kiss your family members, friends, and husbands and wives goodbye. The world is coming to an end, and it will end on January 16th, 2007. Be prepared for it. Stock up on potato chips and soda. Get out the fireworks!

Link: Official WoW Forums
View: Original Story @ IGN

P.S. Happy New Year from me to all my fellow Neowin gaming comrades. I wish you all a safe and happy New Year, and a terrific 2007 for gaming.

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i play this game, im lvl 50 and yet i have a life, iv played a total of about 20hours in total, although however i do share n account with a friend. its not as addicting as many say it is. its just people are stupid.

its a great game i hope thye improve graphics

I've played WoW a bit but just couldn't see much of a point to it.

But then again, I didn't compete in PvP or something; maybe that would've been worse for me, because you need to keep doing that to maintain your ranking.

As for PvE, at least for me it felt like "no special campaign, just build your character with basically only you caring for him -- why exactly?" Then I can feel far more "motivated" in trying to produce something on my computer, a program, art, or something else, because that would perhaps others at least care for too. The sad part is that in many WoW guilds, you could basically die in real life and people would care for that for about a week.

Everyone that posted earlier on this is right. It went gold months ago. It was mentioned in another post on the forums.

The patch we already downloaded is there to patch Burning Crusade up to it's 'final' version after we install it.


Jugalator said,
I've played WoW a bit but just couldn't see much of a point to it.

But then again, I didn't compete in PvP or something; maybe that would've been worse for me, because you need to keep doing that to maintain your ranking.

The PvP system isn't like that anymore, no more ranks. Now you accumulate 'honor' over time. You never lose it (there is a cap though.) You now use it to purchase items you want, when you want.


Jugalator said,
As for PvE, at least for me it felt like "no special campaign, just build your character with basically only you caring for him -- why exactly?" Then I can feel far more "motivated" in trying to produce something on my computer, a program, art, or something else, because that would perhaps others at least care for too. :p

Don't get me wrong here, I agree that the PvE aspect of the game is pretty boring but the whole point of it is working as a team. Which is a lot like creating a work of art. It's hard to do. And when you get it right, it's a great feeling. Which makes it an addicting game.


Jugalator said,
The sad part is that in many WoW guilds, you could basically die in real life and people would care for that for about a week. :p

That's no different than any other game (or in real life) really. It's sad, but true.

Can't expect people to sit around and mourn your death forever. Family or not.

If i'm not mistaken I think we already downloaded the expansion (2.0 patch was like 500 megs). So I figure all the content has been downloaded already.

I think basically what happens is you buy the game, use the serial to activate to BC then keep the CD for use next time you need to install the game (for whatever reason).

So I think it went into manufacturing in November when the made the original press release and by being "Gold" they are referring to the expansion as in its final launch setup (meaning no more tweaks, changes etc... before release)

But I could be wrong.

The expansion is way bigger than a 500 meg patch, if I'm not mistaken it comes on a DVD. It's at least a 2+ gig install if I remember from the beta (which I could never get to work sadly)

The content in the patch just brings the retail non-expansion players up to the same base code, so that it won't cause 8 million people to go insane when they can't play.

LOC said,
The expansion is way bigger than a 500 meg patch, if I'm not mistaken it comes on a DVD. It's at least a 2+ gig install if I remember from the beta (which I could never get to work sadly)

The content in the patch just brings the retail non-expansion players up to the same base code, so that it won't cause 8 million people to go insane when they can't play.

Actually the beta is also the original content as well. Blizzard has said that the 2.0.1 patch that is live right now has most of the expansion content in it, just locked at the moment. That's why MC, BWL, and Ony started dropping pally loot for horde and shaman loot for alliance. Jewlcrafting patterns are dropping, new sections in AH for jewlcrafting, the mining and engineering bags are up. In EPL, the entrance to the Bloodelf Area is no longer blocked, but if you try to enter the portal it gives "You must have the Burning Crusade Expansion installed to pass." The 2.0.3 patch coming down via the background downloader will go live on launch date, and will patch either the normal or expansion client, seeing how they are basically the same client, just the key on your account determines which content you can and cannot access. I think the idea behind players using the exact same client is those who eventually get the expansion can just input the CD key on the website and immediately access the content when they log on via the client again.

No it didn't. It went gold when the developers said it went gold (which was earlier today) not two months ago or whatever it was when they said it would be released in January. Just because a game gets an offical release date doesn't make it gold.

It went gold when they gave the press release with the release date back in November. They gave the release date press release in lieu of a "Hey, TBC has gone gold." press release. There's a blue post buried somewhere in either the beta or release general forums stating this.

And note the wording of Tseric's own post: "The expansion has already gone gold"

Already, as in past tense. It went gold back in November.

You guys need to differentiate between a press release announcing a release date and a press release announcing a gold press of the master disc(s). The press release back in November DID announce the release date, but the game was not finished at that point, ergo not gold. It went gold very recently (within the past week or two I would guess) and only just in the past two days did the Blizzard people acknowledge this in that forum post Tseric made.

Now whether or not a forum post was made last month by a dev announcing gold status is true or not I do not know since I don't browse the WoW forums often. But until I see a press release or a dev say "yeah its gone gold, its done" posted it isn't gold yet. Tseric just announced it, whether it was announced previously doesn't really matter. Every major gaming news site online "just" announced the gold status along with me the other day now.

Oh and you can announce a release date and still not be gold you know

Because the game went gold the day they announced the release date.

Online games can patch on installation. This makes them infinitely more flexible than they used to be.

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i should sell my accnt like some of you have already done. this is just way toooo time consuming. sooner or later people will wake from the spell wondering where all their time/hair has gone.

I have lost friends to this game. I am not looking forward to it but no big deal really because they are still playing WoW so they can't take be taken away twice.

A friend of mine failed out of college because of this game. All he does now is sit and play it all night and sleep through the day. Pretty bad when someone messes up their entire life over a computer game.

I'm so glad i quit this addiction just 1 month ago and sold my account for a very decent price.

Never going back! Real life is sooo much better

I found WoW very repetitive so I quitted like 3 months ago after 2 months of play but ya Burning Crusade will own those no life gamers...

perochan said,
I found WoW very repetitive so I quitted like 3 months ago after 2 months of play but ya Burning Crusade will own those no life gamers...

You believe all 8 million subscribers are clearing nax? Blizz mentioned not even 1/4 are doing any of the end game content yet.

Will you be required to get a boxed disc? Or will the expansion be downloadable as well? Is it expected for stores to sell out during the first day? First few days?

It is not downloadable - save for MAYBE Direct2Drive. But I don't know for sure.

I'm sure within a few days it'll sell out, for sure. When you have near 8 million people playing it, unless they send out 2 or 3 millon copies in the first few days, it'll sell out heh.