World of Warcraft game 'delayed'
The Burning Crusade is the first big expansion of World of Warcraft that makes a variety of changes to the game. It was due to appear before Christmas 2006, but Blizzard said it was delaying this launch date by a "few extra weeks".
In a statement, Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard, said: "We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve." In mid-October, Blizzard began a closed trial test of the Burning Crusade in which a few players got the chance to try out the new races, places and abilities in the expansion. Blizzard said the few extra weeks would give those taking part in the test more time to "participate in the final stages of development and continue providing valuable feedback".
Blizzard has yet to give details of exact worldwide launch dates or how much the expansion will cost.