Blizzard will start kicking in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King details as weeks go by. Utgarde Keep is the first to get an exciting preview. It covers details of the Vrykul race, proto-dragons and the dungeon areas such as the Balcony, the Forge and the Dragon Pens.
Welcome to Northrend. Now feel our wrath!
How exactly do you dream up a dungeon? When we started working on Utgarde Keep, we knew from the start that we wanted some sort of “impenetrable fortress in the side of a mountain.” In considering the continent of Northrend’s history and geography, we pretty quickly found a source of inspiration for Utgarde Keep, and to an extent the entire region of Howling Fjord, in a combination of elements from Norse mythology. One of our goals was to make the starting areas feel more “human.” The presence of the Vrykul, the imposing half-giant warrior race native to the region, and the architecture connected to them helped achieve exactly that.