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Monday, October 25, 2004

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World of Warcraft Due Nov 22? [Update]
8:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Detroit Free Press reported over the weekend that Blizzard is set to launch their massively multiplayer online RPG World of Warcraft on November 22. While yet unconfirmed by any posting on the company's website, this could mean the wait is finally nearing an end for those hoping to get a chance at this highly anticipated title.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"World of Warcraft," the online world game from the makers of the incredibly popular "Warcraft" strategy game series, is scheduled to launch the week of Nov. 22, the Free Press has learned.

Most stores have predicted Nov. 15 would be the launch date for "World of Warcraft," guessing that Sony Online Entertainment's behemoth "Everquest 2" would come out on or near the same day. But Phil O'Neil, president, North America, of "Warcraft" publisher Vivendi Universal Games, said the game will actually launch a week after the company's other hot holiday title, "Half-Life 2," which debuts Nov. 16.

Blizzard has announced open beta signups will be starting soon, so stay tuned to IMG for the latest information on the game.

Update: Blizzard has posted to their forums that the article is incorrect:

We appreciate everyone's interest in determining when World of Warcraft will ship, but while we are rapidly approaching the open beta period and we are confident that we will meet our goal of shipping the game before the end of this year, nailing down an exact ship date is a little more complicated due to a number of factors. As soon as we have a specific date to announce, we will be excited to share the news with everyone. Please don't consider any announced release dates official until such an announcement comes from Blizzard. This is true for all announcements related to Blizzard games.
We'll consider this the final say until more information is available from the company.

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