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WoW: Burning Crusade Launch - This is how the launch was on January 16, 2007

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (TBC or BC for short) is the first expansion for World of Warcraft. It was announced on October 28, 2005, and released in North America, Europe, and Australia on January 16, 2007. The main features include an increase in the level cap to 70, the introduction of the Blood Elves and Draenei as playable races, and Outland with many new zones, dungeons, items, quests, and monsters. The expansion came in two versions: Standard Edition and Collector's Edition.

In preparation for The Burning Crusade, Blizzard released Patch 2.0.1 in North America and Europe on December 5, 2006. This patch introduced some content from The Burning Crusade prior to the release of the expansion itself - including an overhaul of the honor system, Arena skirmishes, and a new quest-by-group interface. System requirements remained virtually unchanged from the original World of Warcraft, with the exception of an increase in required network bandwidth (from 56K dial-up to a broadband connection).

Historically, the expansion is a direct continuation of the original World of Warcraft. It takes players to Outland, the former world of Draenor, where they can explore the zones on their own with the help of numerous quests. The main storyline features Illidan, the traitor, and what has happened to him over the past four years. Players can also complete quests in which they either help Illidan or prepare for his downfall.

In addition, there are many connections between the former world of Draenor and the current Outland, such as the opening of the Dark Portal by Medivh, which is relived in the Caverns of Time, and various quest lines that provide insight into the history of the ancient orcish shamans and their relationship with the Burning Legion long before the First War. Furthermore, the focus is on the two new playable races and their affiliation with the game's plot. Many plot holes are filled with quests that connect the Blood Elves to the Horde and the Draenei to the Alliance.

In the gallery below, you can see original images from the launch month of January 2007. From the crowds at the Dark Portal to the first steps with a Blood Elf and Draenei huntress to impressions from Outland, there's a lot of nostalgia. By the way, the world's first level 70 character is also included. Have fun watching!

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