World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
was released at participating Electronics Boutique/EBGames stores across the USA and Australia, which opened their doors at midnight for fans to pick up their expansion packs within the first few minutes of the game's scheduled release date.
's animated TV episode, Make Love, Not Warcraft
was produced on the alpha server for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
. The folks at Blizzard
were very cooperative in assisting the animators in crafting the machinima that was filmed in-game. They even provided the model files and graphics so they could be altered and used for animation. The developers even used "The Sword of a Thousand Truths" as an actual weapon to be found in the game.
In June 2007, Blizzard Entertainment Europe
sent out a trial edition by mail to anyone who had a current paid subscription or had ever had a paid subscription to World of Warcraft
, to try the expansion for free for 10 days. It requires to have the base game installed and offers limited functionality.
Players can start a new dranei or blood elf character and explore their new starting areas. An existing high level character (+58) can also be taken through the Dark Portal into the Outland. All expansion quests are available, as well as the items and skill advancements, but the characters cannot level beyond level 60. New skills such as jewelcrafting are also present, but players are not able to train new levels or certain recipes as the trainers are all located in the expansion zones. Pets can also be kept, and the characters count against the character limit (10 per realm, 50 per account). When the trial expires, the new characters become inaccessible but can be unlocked when the expansion is bought.
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- At the event "GameStar/GamePro Leserpreis 2007" (March 28, 2008) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade received the trophy "Best PC Online RPG in 2007" after the reader's voting of German gaming magazine GameStar;
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade won the Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Game in 2007;
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was named #5 Game of the Year in the 2007 PC Game Awards issue of Games for Windows Magazine (March 2008);
- In the 2007 Golden Joystick Awards World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade won the "Online Game of the Year" category.