World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Pre-Sales Begin

By Brian Leahy, Oct 28, 2010 2:00pm PDT As promised, Blizzard has begun selling World of Warcraft: Cataclysm through its store ahead of the game's December 7 release date. Players can begin the purchasing process now and will be charged immediately.

"Once a player has completed the digital upgrade, he or she will need to log in to World of Warcraft at least once prior to December 7 to begin the background-downloading process and prepare for Deathwing's return." Since Cataclysm uses a new background streaming system, players will download data for the expansion as it becomes available.

This pre-sale from Blizzard is available for customers in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia with servers going live on December 7 at 12:01AM PST. Customers in Europe and Russia may also pre-order, but their servers will go online at 12:01AM CET on the 7th.

The digital version will only be the standard edition of the game. Collectors will still want to go retail if they want a whole mess of extras and goodies along with their purchase.

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  • Done and Done. Screw waiting in line at midnight with fat beards talking about the night elf druid whom they think is sexy when it does the bear dance or that equally hideous tweaky dude who just can't wait to create a goblin warrior as "OH THOSE ALLIES HAD GNOMES NOW ITS REVENGE OF OUR SHORTIES!"

    Forget all that. I'm home in slippers in front of my computer with a beer relaxing and waiting for the switch to flip...and the servers to melt.

    Forget that, I'll just goto work and wait for the servers to stabilize... Thursday right?

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    • I played WOW back when the Lich King expansion came out, and I foolishly went to a local Gamestop to pick it up at midnight on launch day. That was the beginning of the end of my days playing WOW. There were some very depraved souls at that store. I felt so stupid standing there in line, looking around at the other people there in their ripped sweatpants and stained Mountain Dew t-shirts (likely stained WITH Mountain Dew). More power to them if they're OK dressing like that in public, but I distinctly remembered thinking "this is so not who I am or what I want to be." I ended up quitting WOW about three months later (I quit because I realized it took five to six hours per play session to make any progress raiding, but the midnight Gamestop thing was really the spark).