Last week I wrote a post mentioning that the expansions for Eve Online on the Serenity server, the one Chinese players play on, lag by several months. But Eve is not the only Western MMO in which this occurs. Last Friday, the People's Republic's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) reportedly approved Blizzard's Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft for release in the PRC, although the game still needs approval from the Ministry of Culture. The expansion could finally hit the Chinese market as early as August, or 22 months after the original release of WotLK on 13 November 2008.
Unlike Eve, WoW got caught up in bureaucratic in-fighting between two government agencies. I guess being an Icelandic company has its advantages. Well, and CCP developing DUST 514 in Shanghai probably doesn't hurt either.