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World of Warcraft fans pile into London

It was already known that World of Warcraft had a large fan base and many of these braved the cold to get their hands on the latest chapter in the saga upon its release.

Thousands of fans queued overnight in central London to be among the first gamers to own a copy of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

Many of the fans piled onto London's streets dressed in costumes to pick up the game, which includes a new frozen continent called Northrend and the chance to play as a new character called Death Knight.

Paul Sams of Blizzard, the American company behind World of Warcraft, told BBC Newsbeat: "When we first started this back in the early 2000s, we thought it was going to be quite a niche type of game. We hoped to hit a million subscribers one day.

"It's been far beyond anything we could have imagined. We all want to be heroes, but we can't in our everyday life."

The title was confirmed on the first day of the BlizzCon convention, which celebrates the company's franchises, in August last year.

Published: 13/11/2008

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