The Burning Crusade, the World of Warcraft expansion pack, has been cleared for launch by Chinese censors, a positive step in an oft-troubled relationship between the MMO and a country where four million people play it.
NetEase, the company that operates the MMO within China, had planned to block all new registrations while it applied for the license to operate The Burning Crusade, a delay expected to last a week beginning Monday. It wasn't clear if the Burning Crusade's approval means NetEase can launch that game immediately or if there will still be some delay.
But it's still good news for a game whose number of players - about 11.5 million - remained essentially unchanged from a year ago. Perhaps with this hurdle cleared Warcraft will see improvements in its Chinese installation base.