Rumor: Wrath of the Lich King box revealed

Tipster Nigel sent in these curious-looking photos of what appears to be the packaging for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. We've already gotten wind of the possible packaging for a Collector's Edition, so why not the basic box? Apparently, the person who leaked the Collector's Edition photo is still working at the printing press and puts his cell phone camera back to work with these photos of the regular edition.

Could it be the real thing? I'm not so sure myself, but if they're fake, they're pretty good ones. The box design includes clever elements that I didn't consider were I to make a mock-up myself... such as a small disclaimer stating that the game requires The Burning Crusade. The layout of the box closely resembles that of the previous expansion, too, with the exact same font used for the words 'expansion set' and identical placement of logos. One of the most telling signs that point to its authenticity, however, was a printer's mark usually found on print material before they're cut (and made into a box). Nigel smartly states that he didn't take the pictures himself. Check out the pic of the inside flap with the telling printer's mark after the jump.

With all the buzz about the Beta opt-in, it seems like Blizzard is actually getting close to finishing the game. At the very least a playable version of it. Now we've seen possible box designs, as well, which -- if they are authentic -- means that the company is moving full tilt towards a definite, foreseeable release. Who knows? Perhaps we'll actually be trudging around in Northrend by the time Blizzcon rolls around.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.