…kind of. Apparently, the game itself isn’t quite ready, but the official site and registration are already online, and not a moment too soon for the game’s Chinese publisher NetEase, who was apparently losing 4.22 million RMB every day the game was offline. Soon, Chinese gamers can get their fix again, although they’ll need to set up battlenet accounts.
This comes on the heels of some other WoW-related ugliness, including the less-than-smooth handover from old China publisher The9 to current publisher NetEase, and widepsread, erroneous reports that China had banned gold farming in the game. (For those not in the know, gold farming is repeatedly performing monotonous in-game tasks, building up stocks of the in-game currency, gold, and then selling that fake currency to lazy gamers, who pay for it with actual money).
Has the near-monthlong respite from the game (and the still-conspicuous absence of its most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King) helped any Chinese addicts kick their WoW habits? Time will tell and…well, who are we kidding? No, no, it hasn’t.