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Lich King Cleared For Chinese Release [Update]

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The obstacles standing in the way of a Chinese release of World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King have been overcome, with the title due for release at the end of the month.

The game had been held up due to its depiction of "questionable content" like skeletons. A localised version was submitted to Chinese authorities in September 2009, though, and Blizzard today say that Lich King will be out in mainland China on August 31.


We're not sure what exactly had to be cut or changed for the expansion to be cleared for release, but have contacted Blizzard and will update if we hear back.

UPDATE - Reader Nicholas was kind enough to point us towards this site, which has images of some of the changes made for the Chinese release. Fans of bones and skulls will be disappointed, as the changes - like those made for Burning Crusade - appear to be in the form of toning down some of the game's more grisly content.