WOTLK China Release Date Finally!

Posted by Daeity On Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blizzard has officially announced that Wrath of the Lich King will launch in mainland China on August 31, 2010. Hooray!

Here's the official announcement: Source

China's last expansion pack was September 6, 2007 (Burning Crusade). And WOTLK launched in NA/EU on November 13, 2008.

If you want more information about WoW China, check out the series starting with this one.

Blizzard is hoping that this new development in China and the launch of Cataclysm will help revitalize decreasing user counts. Blizzard has officially stated that their numbers have remained about the same since Feb. 2008, however player counts have actually decreased. They're predicting a significant amount of new subscriptions in China, which I will be monitoring with great anticipation. =]

One of the worries, of course, is that because this delay has gone on for so long (users are just sick-and-tired and are playing other MMORPGs) and many characters have moved to other servers (Taiwan mostly, and EU/US in some cases) to play WOTLK, that this launch won't nearly have as many new players as they had hoped. It _should_ be about 2 million new subscriptions within the first week.. anything less than that would be cause for concern. =]