World of Warcraft adds Cataclysm to basic edition

Feeling a need to buy oodles of expansions can be off-putting when you're looking into starting an MMORPG, so Blizzard has regularly upgraded World of Warcraft's basic 'Battle Chest' edition with old expansions. It's now rolled Cataclysm into the package, and is taking the extra step of giving all expansions except Mists of Pandaria to every player, no matter when they bought WoW.

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Feeling a need to buy oodles of expansions can be off-putting when you're looking into starting an MMORPG, so Blizzard has regularly upgraded World of Warcraft's basic 'Battle Chest' edition with old expansions. It's now rolled 2010's Cataclysm into the package, and is taking the extra step of giving all expansions except Mists of Pandaria to every player, no matter when they bought WoW.

$19.99 now gets new players the original WoW plus a month of game time and its expansions The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm, in the new starter edition now titled simply World of Warcraft. The digital version's out now, with a retail release to follow "soon."

Cataclysm was down to only $9.99 before this change, but still, that's an extra sawbuck in your pocket and one less purchase to put new players off. Every subscriber gets access to these expansions now too, so if you stopped playing a while ago, you can come back to new things.

"With these changes, we're making it easier than ever for new players to begin their epic adventures in Azeroth and join in on the fun," Blizzard said in the announcement.

As player numbers continue to drop, it's a sensible change to make. Blizzard has said that "it makes sense" for WoW to go free-to-play "at some point," but the game still had a remarkable 7.7 million players as of the last count earlier this year so that may not be any time soon.

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    October 16, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, World of Warcraft adds Cataclysm to basic edition.

    Feeling a need to buy oodles of expansions can be off-putting when you're looking into starting an MMORPG, so Blizzard has regularly upgraded World of Warcraft's basic 'Battle Chest' edition with old expansions. It's now rolled Cataclysm into the package, and is taking the extra step of giving all expansions except Mists of Pandaria to every player, no matter when they bought WoW.

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      October 16, 2013 6:06 AM

      They should know that name is already taken.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeworld:_Cataclysm

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        October 16, 2013 11:06 AM

        The WoW expansion is pronounced ca-TAckle-ism.

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        October 16, 2013 11:10 AM

        I'm sure Sierra and Barking Dog will get right on telling them that.

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          October 16, 2013 11:31 AM

          How do I know you are telling the truth??

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            October 16, 2013 4:43 PM

            dont trust him CrustaR! I sense his dishonesty from all the way over here!

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        October 16, 2013 11:12 AM

        Cackoldtimelysm

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      October 16, 2013 9:34 AM

      A little too late in my opinion. I played WoW at release and enjoyed it for about 3-4 months, but lost interest due to no real social interaction. At the release of Cataclysm I found myself a little nostalgic and so I made an impulse purchase of the new expansion. I honestly should have know better, but I was surprised to find that I needed a previous version of WoW already installed to play it and I just couldn't find my first copy.

      I figured it was no problem and that I would just head over to Blizzard's site and download what I needed for $25-$30 dollars or something like that. Nope, it turns out that the only way to get the game and all the previous expansions was to shell out over $100. I needed to spend over $100 on top of the $40 or so(I think) paid for the newest expansion just to play it. I thought I was doing my math wrong or that I wasn't looking in the right place so I posted my issue on the official WoW forums. Even though they thought I was full of it at first, not a single one could find out how I'd be able to play my new expansion for less than another $100.

      I knew I screwed myself over by making an impulse buy without even reading the disclaimer on the box (though I still would have assumed I could buy the current game online for under $50 and would have bought the game anyway) so I didn't make any waves. But it ruined any desire I had to go back to WoW then or since.

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        October 16, 2013 10:55 AM

        If you played for 4 months then you had a userid and password.

        No need to purchase the original game, you just needed to download the client from battle.net.

        You may have needed to buy a couple of older expansions.

        From the sounds of it you forgot your login details so whatya expect.

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          October 16, 2013 12:59 PM

          Well, actually I shared the original account with my younger brother and left it to him when I moved out. He still actively plays so I needed to start from scratch. But still, even someone brand spanking new to WoW would need to shell out $100 before Cataclysm to start playing WoW which was a bit nuts.

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        October 16, 2013 11:48 AM

        "I knew I screwed myself over by making an impulse buy without even reading the disclaimer on the box ..."

        lol

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        October 16, 2013 4:42 PM

        its always been the case with MMO's that you need the base game before any expansions, thats just the way its always been. i guess if your new to the whole concept of them, it might get you, but from now on just remember that sub based MMO's always require the base, vanilla game, no matter what the box says or doesnt say. i guess WoW is combining them now or w/e, but still, its a good rule to live by.

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      October 16, 2013 11:05 AM

      Catackleism

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      October 16, 2013 11:11 AM

      I wish they would just hurry up and announce the expansion so I can cancel and wait for that