You might not believe us sweet, innocent Joystiq readers but, legend has it, there are places in the world
where people tirelessly track the status of Wrath of the Lich King
, the forthcoming expansion to uber-MMO World of Warcraft
. They listen, following the faintest whispers carried along the winds of Azeroth; the latest one came all the way from the frozen continent of Northrend, the titular Lich King's seat of power.
It said: Wrath of the Lich King
"is in closed alpha status" and "various players are being invited to check it out, under a strict NDA." While we can't exactly extract an expansion release date from the news, WoW Insider suggests that "Wrath's content is in a playable and mostly completed form -- quests, game mechanics, and items are in, even if specific flavor text, names, and even textures are not." Northrend, ho!