WoW: Burning Crusade on Fire

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Shatters Day-1 Sales Record is a press release that wows us with word that the new WoW expansion sold more copies in its first 24 hours than many games will sell in a lifetime, with more that 2.4 million copies sold:
Day-one sales totals on both continents were similar, with an estimated total of nearly 1.2 million copies sold on the first day in North America and an estimated total of more than 1.1 million copies sold in Europe within the first 24 hours of launch(a). By the end of the first day of availability on both continents, a total of more than 1.7 million players had already logged in and upgraded World of Warcraft to play The Burning Crusade.
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They should stop with the expansion packs, and come out with a whole new game,

They might.

It's won't take long for many to hit level 70 and Blizzard is on a roll. In a few months Blizzard should start blueprinting expansion #2.

I think the logical next place to expand into would be Northrend (otherwise known as "the roof of the world"). It's a frozen island continent about the same size as Outland north between the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.

The up-side is Blizzard fully realized Northrend for the Warcraft III expansion. This map shows the zones (and even some of the areas with in the zones
http://www.blizzplanet.com/coppermine/albums/WOW/maps/world-maps/northrend.jpg

Here's another map showing a close-up of locales along the eastern edge of Howling Fjord.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/73/Northernd-warcraft-iii-exp-map.jpg

All Blizzard needs to do is bring this content into WOW.

Northrend is a critical component to Warcraft lore because it is home to the Lich King Ner'zhul, who once commanded the Undead Scourge. In humanoid form he appears to us as former Lordaeron Prince Arthas Menethil, who was cursed by a sword called Frostmourne. Arthas is still alive. He wasn't defeated in Warcraft III. During the expansion, The Frozen Throne, Illidan Stormrage – at the Burning Legion's orders – tried to assassinate him and failed. Clearly Ner'zhul is much more powerful. Ner'zhul was once a member of the Burning Legion but now is an independent, albeit extremely powerful entity in Azeroth. And he's still in Northrend waiting for a challenge.

I'm going to brainstorm how Northrend could conceivably work in WOW. According to the map above Northrend consist of 10 different zones. The basic layout looks like a pyramid "/\" shape with Icecrown Glacier being the hardest zone and the seat of Ner'zhul at the top. Since Arthas' base of operations was the east Blizzard could let the Horde (specifically the Undead) have Howling Fjord, while the Alliance could land on the southern tip of Borean Tundra. Because Ner'zhul proved he was more powerful than Illidan Blizzard could raise the level cap to 80. In terms of playable races, perhaps Pandaran could emerge and join the Alliance (awwww... a Panda Bear), and the native Nerubians could join the Horde (they and the Undead share a hatred for the Lich King). Since the Nerubians live underground Blizzard could create two unique zones within Northrend.

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