There's not a whole lot of action today on the official forums, but here are the pertinent blue posts from today, as well as two cool videos for your enjoyment -- the first of which is holiday-themed.
Over the holidays, on December 25th and January 1st, we will be performing a series of rolling restarts for all realms starting at 5:00 AM PDT, in lieu of weekly maintenance. Each realm is anticipated to be down for no more than 15 minutes, and should additional maintenance be necessary, we will notify our players in advance. Have a happy holiday!
We have said that we really thought these armor models worked perfectly for coming out of this dungeon and we plan to reuse them for the "updated" version in Wrath of the Lich King.
As far as the actual statistics are concerns, I wouldn't expect them to remain anything like the original Tier 3 version.
I can't say for sure as it was done a long time ago, but I believe it happened at the same time that we removed the old honor system and with a completely new honor system put in place we didn't feel earning the same titles in a completely different way made a lot of sense.
First off, the head enchants for Wrath of the Lich King aren't finalized so I don't know what they will be.
That said, from a history perspective, I think this was brought up when The Burning Crusade was coming out. People feared they'd be running Zul'Gurub to get their head enchant and while it's still an option if you want to get that specific one, most people appear to be using the new ones.
This has been brought up quite a few times before, but we don't feel that having this option is a beneficial addition to a multi-player game. In the end, we'd end up with a bunch of "invisible" or silent players in what is supposed to be a social environment.
We are not "against" new races so to speak, but we don't want to force new ones into the game just for the sake of having them either.
In The Burning Crusade we launched 2 new races, we put a lot of development time into making them fit into the game along with the 2 starting zones that each of them now have.
In Wrath of the Lich King we are focusing on the first ever Hero Class, the Deathknight. While you may think a lot of people aren't excited over it, I think a lot of people really are. Right now there really isn't a lot of information to share beyond what was shown at BlizzCon four months ago. We are working really hard on developing it and when we are happy with the results more details will be shared and I'd bet the talks and excitement will flare up for it.
So why no new races? There are a lot of things that are fun ideas, but we did do this recently and we want to focus on other bigger and better things for out players to experience.
Will we never add new races then? Never is a bad word to use, there is always the possibility of this happening in the future, we just don't plan to do it for Wrath of the Lich King. :)