In a simultaneous cross platform release, multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft will go on sale in North America on November 23, and here in the UK "shortly after".

The latest instalment of Blizzard Entertainment popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) sees players assume the roles of legendary heroes and interact with thousands of other gamers online as they explore the vast world of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft will cost $49.99 and will include a free one-month subscription to the game. After the initial free one-month subscription ends, players of World of Warcraft will be able to continue playing under one of three different subscription plans. The month-to-month subscription plan costs $14.99 per month, the three-month plan costs $13.99 per month, and the six-month plan costs $12.99 per month.

A collector's edition will also be available, including the World of Warcraft game on both CD-ROM and DVD, a free one-month subscription, a World of Warcraft behind-the-scenes DVD, an exclusive in-game pet, a cloth map of the game world, a soundtrack CD, an Art of the World of Warcraft coffee table book, and a commemorative game manual signed by the development team. It will cost $79.99. UK pricing to be confirmed.