By now it is probably known by most that the new WoW patch 3.0.2 has been released just in time for the upcoming release of Wrath of the Lich King. Similar to when Burning Crusade came out, a major patch has been released which provides new elements to the game. A quick glance at the patch notes gives more specifics.
I think it is interesting that Blizzard has chosen this time to do so. From an industry point of view, it makes total sense. Mythic is making a play for their share of the MMORPG market with the release of Warhammer Online and even though the release of Lich King was probably planned prior to Mythic’s september 18 release of WAR, it’s good for Blizzard to have new content out to counter this push. Also, Blizzcon just wrapped up recently and it seems that interest in all of Blizzard’s games is at an all time high, Wow included. Personally, I think this is a great time to be a gamer with releases of Fallout 3, Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 still upcoming.
As for the new Echoes of Doom patch, it is fun even for a lower level casual player such as myself. We had tons of fun setting up a party the other night and the halloween content was fun. Trick or treating in Ogrimmar and other cities guaranteed bonus XP, and even costumes and masks for your characters. Bobbing for apples was a nice touch. It seems Blizzard is pulling out all the stops to insure Wow remains the king of all MMORPGs and we as players reap the benefits.