Blizzard Confirms Cataclysm Release Date

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Blizzard Confirms Cataclysm Release Date



The rumored release date for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm [http://www.amazon.com/World-Warcraft-Cataclysm-Collectors-Pc/dp/B003O6N74S/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1286203104&sr=1-1] isn't just a rumor anymore.

Last Friday [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103940-Rumor-WoWs-Cataclysm-Just-Around-the-Corner], we saw more than a bit of circumstantial evidence that indicated Cataclysm, the third expansion to mega-MMO World of Warcraft, would be hitting shelves at the beginning of December.

The evidence was right on the money. Today, Blizzard announced [http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/press/pressreleases.html?101004] that Cataclysm will be launching onto the hard-drives of WoW players everywhere December 7th.

"Cataclysm includes the best content we've ever created for World of Warcraft. It's not just an expansion, but a re-creation of much of the original Azeroth, complete with epic new high-level adventures for current players and a redesigned leveling experience for those just starting out," said Blizzard big boss Mike Morhaime in a statement.

"With the help of our beta testers, we're putting on the final polish, and we look forward to welcoming gamers around the world to enjoy it in just a couple of months."

WoW's previous two expansions - Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King - shattered PC sales records upon launch, and it's likely that Cataclysm will follow suit.

It seems that many college students will be facing their own personal Cataclysms, however, as the disaster strikes the world of Warcraft right at the onset of finals season. But come on, guys, what's more important: getting a good grade or getting your Rogue to level 85, huh?

(Blizzard EU [http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/press/pressreleases.html?101004])

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Verlander

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Can't wait. Been saving up for this for a while, and I've just found myself unemployed. Awesome...
 

BlueInkAlchemist

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Well, that explains the odd dates I got when I pre-ordered the Collector's Edition through Amazon...
 

icyneesan

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I see theres going to be a LOT of failures this year... My condolences to the professors... Unless they get distracted by Cataclysm too!!

Crazy College Guy plan to get out of work/get laid. I think so

*Gets funnel, 2 cases of beer, and bra*
 

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I could wait for Christmas to get this, but I think that's too long of a wait. Getting Collector's Addition ASAP.
 

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Thats good for me though, cause I will get the game a week later after finals. Hopefully all the rush to start new characters and content will have slowed down a little bit.

cant freaking wait!
 

El Poncho

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I have joined WoW again for this but i've promised my dad that I do my homework and revision before I go on.
 

Xerosch

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Wow... I'm a casual WoW player but found this news to be rather exciting... Guess I'm more infested than I thought...
 

VanQ

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HA! I just took a weeks holiday starting Dec 7 and now I see this. Guess I shouldn't make any plans for that week.
 

antidonkey

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At most, I'll take that Friday off work. However, I'm sure many, many people will take that whole week off, hit the midnight release, and play the damn game for 48 hours straight. I will not be phased when one of them dies like with WotLK.
 

Nyce1

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So workplaces will be ghost towns that day. Dec 7th is officially WoW skip work/school day! Get your excuses ready!
 

8bitmaster

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finally! Its not that I care about cataclysm, its that I care that after cataclysm releases, blizzard gets to work on heart of the swarm!
 

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Kudos to the guys who worked out this release date before it was actually released, It'll definately be interesting to see how they're going to recreate the entire world, which is obviously no small task.

Also there's now cross appeal to other gamers, as those who don't like WoW can join the free trial to WATCH THE WORLD BURN. Then Blizzard will hit 12 million subscribers in about three months.
 

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8bitmaster said:
finally! Its not that I care about cataclysm, its that I care that after cataclysm releases, blizzard gets to work on heart of the swarm!
Uh, you do know that the WoW dev team and the RTS dev team (and the Diablo dev team, and their fourth MMO dev team) are completely separate, right?
 

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Good news everyone! You can now safely discard all your hopes of getting any work/studying done for the 8-16 weeks after the game hits the shelves! Gotta start coming up for some ideas on how to make money, since it's obvious that work is out of the question.
 

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Sweet, just got my rogue up to 80 last week. Been really getting into WoW and I can't wait to see what they do with cata.
 

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Xerosch said:
Wow... I'm a casual WoW player but found this news to be rather exciting... Guess I'm more infested than I thought...
I'm not even a WoW player and I find this news exciting :) As much as I may dislike the game I must admit, for all its faults and evil corporate massiveness (haha) it's still an impressive feat.
 

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After Blizzard screwed me with my account after it was hacked/stolen, I went back to EVE with CCP.

Besides, now days supporting Blizzard means supporting Kotick...and who in their right mind wants to do that?!
 

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Bah, I won't be able to miss class that week, but my schedule is such that I should still be able to hit 85 that week. Helps that one of my classes is canceled that week :D

Edit: Dammit, one of my finals is that week (Weds, grrr) instead of finals week.
 

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Onyx Oblivion said:
Getting to level 85. That's more impressive than a degree, easily!
Eh rogues are 10 a penny although I suppose "Levelled a rogue to 85" would look better than "2:2 Media Studies". Warrior's where all the love is, everyone loves a tank :)
 

John Funk

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All I can say is about time they bothered to say it (funny the source is EU though). Its been confirmed since the first pre-cata events went live, as the Gnome "take back the city" quest tells you the release date. They also pretty much said it after saying the next Arena Season starts a week after Cata comes out, on the 14th of december.

I'm unimpressed so far from what I've seen and heard, so count me the rare person in this topic so far who isn't at all interested in the game. Now when they add player-housing, dance studio, and remove the Blizzard-Store, I'll be interested.
 

8bitmaster

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John Funk said:
8bitmaster said:
finally! Its not that I care about cataclysm, its that I care that after cataclysm releases, blizzard gets to work on heart of the swarm!
Uh, you do know that the WoW dev team and the RTS dev team (and the Diablo dev team, and their fourth MMO dev team) are completely separate, right?
yes, but blizzard claims they aren't doing anything on heart of the swarm until cataclysm is released. I believe that is why nothing of it is shown at blizzcon.
 

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*Cries* Why are the WoW development team so much quicker than the Diablo team? I just want to play Diablo 3.
 

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It seems that many college students will be facing their own personal Cataclysms, however, as the disaster strikes the world of Warcraft right at the onset of finals season. But come on, guys, what's more important: getting a good grade or getting your Rogue to level 85, huh?
I'm actually going to be in the process of taking my finals the week it comes out. The world of Azeroth will simply have to wait for Fengor The Mighty Barbarian to save it from Deathwing's wrath so unlce sam can continue paying my tuition and indirectly allow me to keep paying the subscription fee. :3

Now I just need to call gamestop and have them change the shipping address so its waiting for me when I get home for the holidays.

Red Right Hand said:
*Cries* Why are the WoW development team so much quicker than the Diablo team? I just want to play Diablo 3.
Because the WoW dev teams are working with a game that's been around and running for comming up on 6 years. The Diablo 2 team is, however, building a game from the ground up and holding it to the Blizzard gold standard. Patience young padowan, Blizzard will release Diablo 2 when the WoW dev team begins to riot over the amount QQ thrown at them on a daily basis from the forums.
 

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Patience young padowan, Blizzard will release Diablo 2 when the WoW dev team begins to riot over the amount QQ thrown at them on a daily basis from the forums.
Patch 4.1 = Diablo 2

Genius.
 

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BlueInkAlchemist said:
Well, that explains the odd dates I got when I pre-ordered the Collector's Edition through Amazon...
Indeed. I'm hoping that I ordered my in time that I'll actually GET a Collector's Edition. I'd hate to get an email saying, "Sorry, we ran out..."
 

SaintWaldo

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Isn't that Pearl Harbor Day here in the US?

Not that it's on purpose or significant, but, wow, a day of infamy indeed (at least if we are describing what me and my guild will get up to that day)!


EDIT: I forgot to mention, since we are tangentially on the subject: Pearl Harbor sucked, babe, and I love you.
 

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Onyx Oblivion said:
Getting to level 85. That's more impressive than a degree, easily!
Absolutely.

I've never seen no frilly-dilly-pants-wearing learner boy down Trial of the Grand Crusader.
 

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God Damnit, I guessed and booked the last 2 weeks of November off, go back to work on the 6th.

Fucks sake.
 

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Xerosch said:
Wow... I'm a casual WoW player but found this news to be rather exciting... Guess I'm more infested than I thought...
No such thing as a casual player. It islike an STD, you either have it or you don't.
 

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I think I'd better put in for my time off tomorrow; I know I'm not the only WoW player where I work....

Also, there's a minor (and hilarious, depending on your mindset) controversy brewing around Blizzard's decision to release Cataclysm on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. It's like you can't get away from controversy hitting video games anymore.

[small]I was going to put in a metaphor regarding the Sears Tower, an elephant, intestinal problems and an umbrella shortage, but then I thought better of it. You're welcome.[/small]
 

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SaintWaldo said:
Isn't that Pearl Harbor Day here in the US?

Not that it's on purpose or significant, but, wow, a day of infamy indeed (at least if we are describing what me and my guild will get up to that day)!


EDIT: I forgot to mention, since we are tangentially on the subject: Pearl Harbor sucked, babe, and I love you.
Yes, it is Pearl Harbor Day. I imagine that was not a coincidental decision, considering the nature of this expansion.
 

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Time to stock my supplies for attempting Realm First: Level 85 Paladin.
 

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Comes about a week and a half after my final assessments will be done. Then 3 months of holidays to get my WoW nerd on.

Maybe a week earlier and it would have been perfect timing, but I guess I will just chill with Fable III/Black Ops/TFUII until then. I'll live :p

edit: actually, not Fable III because there's still no PC release date..
 

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8bitmaster said:
yes, but blizzard claims they aren't doing anything on heart of the swarm until cataclysm is released. I believe that is why nothing of it is shown at blizzcon.
They're not showing it at Blizzcon because there is nothing to show, it's as simple as that. They said they'll talk about the story but they won't show anything.
 

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Alandoril said:
Xerosch said:
Wow... I'm a casual WoW player but found this news to be rather exciting... Guess I'm more infested than I thought...
I'm not even a WoW player and I find this news exciting :) As much as I may dislike the game I must admit, for all its faults and evil corporate massiveness (haha) it's still an impressive feat.
I kinda got stuck on the word 'fault', not sure what you ment

What faults does wow have, compared to other MMOs?
Sure its not perfect, but WoW is still miles ahead of all other MMOs.

A friend asked me why it sounded like I wanted every MMO to be like wow.
My reply was simple:
"If you are going to give me a wow clone, you better make it as good as wow, or it won't matter. But if you can give me something that is totally different, then more power to you"

Thats the biggest "fault" with wow, it does almost everything better than any other MMO, because most other MMO makers have no idea what they are doing.

ph and PS:
Cataclysm will put wow even further ahead of the competition... its a bit scary actually.
 

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Does anyone else think the world would be a better place if there was a law brought in that 2 days a year, you're allowed to call in ... not 'sick', but just 'I've got better shit to do than come to work'?

So many people do it, for sports events, big game or movie releases, hell, I've heard of people taking days off to get the new Harry Potter book, so, instead of just lying and phoning work with your 'sick' voice, which you seeming have to put on even if you say you've done your back in, just make everyone honest and say, can't come in today, I want to play games all day.

The world is more honest, staff are happier, and nothing else really changes, as they were gonna skip work anyways.
 

SenseOfTumour

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As for Pearl Harbour's anniversary, by now has not something bad happened on EVERY day in the year?

could we not pin almost any day as showing a 'sickening lack of disrespect to the dead' if we worked for Fox? :D

still, woo! Goblins!
 

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Charli said:
Time to stock my supplies for attempting Realm First: Level 85 Paladin.
Heh, i'm going for Realm First worgen, using RAF. I'm still tossing it up between doing it on my server where my 80s are and I can get the heirloom items, and a new server. I have a feeling my current server is going to be unplayable for a few hours, as it's really high population.
 

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Right, so if I reactivate my account around my birthday I've got nearly 2 weeks to do the pre-expansion events and get back in the swing of things.

Blizzard, I love you.
 

John Funk

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Meh. Rift: Planes of Telara is out in january or february, there is no reason why anyone should log in for this regurgitation of old oldyness with crusted shame on top.

Move on, people.
 

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I'm honestly looking more forward to having both a Tauren Pally and Priest.

So long as the additional class options are still coming before Cata, I'll be happy.
 

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I'm jaded my most MMOs out there. I played WoW since beta, and thought I was done with it. But I honestly felt a bit of a thrill in thinking about playing that old game again.

Could this be a rekindling of an old love/hate relationship? I think it just might. I'm actually looking forward to this now.

I won't lie, I'm looking forward to seeing the Barrens blown to hell. I always hated trying to level there back before the No Noon Left Behind policy they put in place. (WoW veterans know what I'm talking about)
 

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Ugh... i won't be able to play it until the 11th... :( damn... i wanted to spend a couple of all nighters on it :(
 

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December is our busy time. I will not be taking any time off for this release, and I expect to be fulfilling social obligations during my Christmas holiday. And, since I have received guilt trips from parental units and one sister for skipping out on family New Years fun time last year, doing the same this year will be even more difficult. Yet, for some reason, "I want to spend New Years with friends instead of family, since you know, I keep having to tell my friends that I cannot spend Thanksgiving or Christmas anywhere near them since I have not one, but two sets of parental units to please on both of these holidays," is hard to get out of my mouth.

Getting to level 85? Not difficult. Getting time to get to 85? Bring on February, because the yearly I-hate-people-and-spending-time-with-family-when-all-I-want-to-do-is-curl-up-into-a-little-ball-and-get-away-from-everyone season is just about to start.
 

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I hear they are changing many parts of the game with Cataclysm.....what if you don't buy the expansion does everything stay the way it was?

I havn't played since the game was originally released (was in the beta and then played a few months after it released). I was never that interested in going through the same part of the game I already played through (got 4 characters to max level and every other class to at least 40 back then). I might consider getting the cataclysm expansion if it changed the areas I had to fight in etc.

Still curious if the changes are universal without buying the expansion though.
 

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wulfy42 said:
I hear they are changing many parts of the game with Cataclysm.....what if you don't buy the expansion does everything stay the way it was?
Yeah, as far as I know, all changes happen to all players, expansion owners will get the new 80+ content, the new class/race combinations and the two new classes and starter zones (troll/goblin and gnome/worgen).
 

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Lucky for me I will be very free by December, and I mean totally free, as in "get a freaking job" free. But damn it, getting myself to lvl 85 is much more important, and I'm sure much more fun.