The lights are on
World of Warcraft fans eager for the release of patch 3.3, the final big content patch for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, won't have to wait much longer. Sadly, though, they will need to muster up some patience before they get the chance to defeat Arthas, the Lich King himself that we've all been waiting to take down since Warcraft III.
Blizzard has revealed in a post on the World of Warcraft forums (via WOW.com) that the Icecrown Citadel raid in patch 3.3 will not be released all at once. Instead, the four wings of the raid instance -- the Lower Spire, the Plagueworks, Crimson Hall, and Frostwing Halls -- will be released individually. Blizzard has not given specifics on how much time will pass between new sections of the raid unlocking, but they the post says there will at least be "several weeks" between the first and second wings, suggesting a good month or two after 3.3 hits before the whole instance is available.
Also of note is the news that the raid's most difficult bosses will have a set number of attempts per week. If your raid gets wiped out too many times while trying to kill Professor Putricide, Blood-Queen Lana'thel, Sindragosa, or the Lich King, you'll need to wait a week to give it another shot.
While gating the content and limiting the number of tries per week seems targeted at a more hardcore audience that tends to burn through new raid content too quickly, Blizzard is also planning some support for more casual fans as well. Once the full instance is released and the Lich King has been defeated a number of times, players entering Icecrown Citadel will begin receiving a buff increasing their HP, damage done, and healing ability. This should ensure that virtually any World of Warcraft player will be able to enter and finish the Icecrown raid as long as they're willing to wait until that buff is available.
Blizzard says the staggered release for this huge raid will "allow players to experience Icecrown Citadel at a sustainable, measured, and ultimately more enjoyable pace." Of course, it also gives Bliz the chance to portion out new content over a longer period of time, which will hopefully help keep players happy longer while they wait for the next expansion, Cataclysm. Our encounter with Arthas is delayed yet again.
I now have a reason to get a wow subscription card! WOOT!
Man, I can't wait till Deathwing..
Excited, but saddened at the same time. I am not excited for Cataclysm that much since i would rather play out Warcraft lore in classic RTS form before expereiencing it in WoW since it doesnt seem to have that big of an effect for me. But Arthas, i am coming for you!
I have never played WoW... ever, and asking me to buy a subscription to play it online so that the publisher can keep raking in the cash isn't making me want to play it.
Wow, people still play?
Wish I was still playing. My cpu can't hang though.
Being as I am unguilded from quiting the bored life I had in there after clearing all ten man content I know it's just ten man but I was never happy with a 25 man raid.... however I may start finding myself a guild soon.
NOOOO!!!! Now it looks as if I have been pushed over the edge again. WoW subscription here I come again!
Oh Jon Gregory
That money you spend every month is worth it if you enjoy that kind of game. I use to be just like you until I spent the time to realize what most of that money is spent on that you give them every Month.
It's called not enough content, so they will make you think their is content by releasing one square room with a boss in it every 2 weeks
@rmeyer -- Each of the wings contains more than one boss and, presumably, more than one room.
Remember last month when Wow started selling two pets for 10 dollars and half the proceeds would go to the "make a wish foundation". These are bad signs for a company. It means they can shoe out just about anything and enough people will buy it. A boss per every two weeks over two months means they aren't planning on releasing regular content for a long long time.
Never going to play, but sounds like an intriguing way to stall for time.
Blizzard just release SC2 already
Hmm seems interesting and tempting to get back into i really want to see the death of the lich king. But im hyped cause i really want to see Deathwing.
@rmeyer -- Again: each wing of Icecrown contains more than one boss. They aren't doing one boss every two weeks. But yes, after this we probably won't receive any big content updates until Cataclysm comes out.
That sounds cool. I don't like how if you lose to much during boss battles you will have to wait a week to do it again though.
Interesting, very interesting, (Quietly laughs maniacally to oneself)
god, come on play city of heros
wow i might have to reactivate my account......naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa