Once the expansion launches it will become easier to attain the dizzy heights of level 70 on World of Warcraft, something lead designer Chilton feels is necessary.
He explains that Blizzard doesn't want the game to become "more intimidating for new players to take on." It benefits current players too of course.
Recently the team lowered the requirement for obtaining your first mount in the game from level 40 to 30, which caused a minor ruckus among some in the WoW fan pool.
"I think what really matters to us is that the game doesn’t become more and more intimidating for new players to take on," said Chilton.
"We feel like that if we were to constantly increase the level cap and never go back and address the total time it takes to get from the beginning to the end, then we would see the game become a bigger obstacle for new players to start up and play with their friends."
This will help current quests boost new characters even further before reaching the new icy lands of Northerend. "I think a lot of our player base actively creates new characters so these kinds of changes benefit those players also," he added.
There's still no date etched in stone for Wrath of the Lich King's release yet.
Blizzard's Tom Chilton defends faster levelling with Lich King
29 August 2008 | By Simon Priest