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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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Wrath of the Lich King: Utgarde Keep Preview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently posted a preview of one of the dungeons featured in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for the popular World of Warcraft. The preview showcases Utgarde Keep, an impervious fortress occupied by the savage and enigmatic half-giant vrykul.

Utgarde's design ties closely into the creation of Howling Fjord as a whole. Less high-concept than the otherworldly and wildly diverse regions of Outland, we want the zones in Northrend to follow a geographic theme that's more consistent with the familiar geography of Azeroth. Many of Northrend's regions originally appeared in Warcraft III -- such as Howling Fjord, one of the two starting areas and also where Utgarde Keep is prominently located. Howling Fjord's Azerothian feel stands in sharp contrast to the stark, alien beauty of Hellfire Peninsula, and this should help players establish an immediate connection to the expansion's new environments.

However, the residents of Utgarde Keep are more than happy to make them feel less at home. The Vrykul (think Vikings, only bigger, fiercer, and extremely inhospitable) have made Utgarde Keep their staging ground for attacks against nearby Horde and Alliance settlements, including Valgarde, and they aren't exactly thrilled to see new heroes coming in to reinforce the town. When you arrive in Daggercap Bay, you will experience regular Vrykul attacks firsthand as the raging giants assault Valgarde and rain fire down on the buildings from the backs of their proto-dragon mounts. The intent here is to make you feel deeply involved in the expansion's overall plot from the moment you step off the boat, and we felt there's really no better way to achieve this than to have a Vrykul giant chase you around with an axe that's easily twice your own size.

Head over to the official Lich King website at the link below to view the rest of the preview.

WoW: Wrath Of The Lich King Dungeon Preview
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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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