As if we didn't really see this coming -- just like the Black Temple with Burning Crusade
, Tigole confirmed for sure
that the last instance of Wrath of the Lich King
will be pushed off past release to a content patch (likely 3.1 or 3.2, if we had to guess), which means we won't face Arthas for a final showdown
when the expansion releases. Of course, there'll be plenty to do anyway -- besides all of the other 5man instances, there'll be Lake Wintergrasp
to mess around with, and of course Naxx
will be in and ready to go. But those looking for a Lich King resolution will likely have to wait -- while we'll see plenty of Arthas, we won't actually face him until the Icecrown content patch.
Disappointing? Not from our perspective -- just like Black Temple
, leaving the last instance out of the expansion will not only let Blizzard make sure it's released only when done, but it'll give us something to look forward to after Wrath
. No one really expected to see this content in the Wrath
box anyway, and not even Blizzard has left us guessing -- they've been pretty clear that Icecrown would get its own content patch from the beginning. Leaves us more time to enjoy the content that does come
with the expansion.