Continuing on in that upward ascension toward MMO godhood
, Blizzard's Wrath of the Lich King
expansion for World of Warcraft
has proven to be popular with the Death Knight crowd
in Western markets. "Popular" is an understatement, of course. Millions of MMO gamers have bought the expansion to date. Despite its success in Western markets, Wrath of the Lich King
still hasn't been released in China, where the title has a significant playerbase. Why? Regulatory issues and censorship.
China-based JLM Pacific Epoch reports
: "The government has rejected two applications by the second expansion for The9's (Nasdaq: NCTY) licensed MMORPG World of Warcraft, "Wrath of the Lich King," [...] The applications were rejected due to content that didn't meet requirements, including a city raid and skeleton characters; the submitted version did not contain WLK's Death Knight first hero class..."