Blizzard releases massive World of Warcraft update

Blizzard Entertainment has released a massive update to its online role playing game World of Warcraft, bringing the current version to 3.0.2.

The new “Echoes of Doom” patch will automatically be applied the next time you log in to World of Warcraft (it measures 1.2GB on our test machine). The version number is jumping to 3.0.2 from 2.4.3, if you’re keeping track.

World of Warcraft is Blizzard’s subscription-based massively multiplayer online role playing game set in the world of Azeroth, scene of past Warcraft strategy games. The game lets players go online to interact with each other and computer-controlled characters and monsters as they explore the world, go on quests, acquire treasure and magic items, improve their own abilities and more.

Released simultaneously for Mac and PC in late 2004, World of Warcraft has become the world’s most popular online role playing game, garnering millions of subscribers around the globe. It will soon spawn a new expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, which will be released on November 13, 2008.

The “Echoes of Doom” patch is a new content update that makes some rather dramatic changes to the game itself. It’s not a substitute for the “Wrath of the Lich King” expansion, but it does provide many new features, such as new talents, new spells, an all-new Achievement System, new locations including Stormwind Harbor, and new towers outside of Orgrimmar and Tirisfal Glades, and the implementation of a Barber Shop that lets you change your character’s appearance.

Extensive changes have been made to every character class in the game. Far too many changes have been made to list them individually here, but you can get a complete list online from the official World of Warcraft site.

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