World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2), Erupts!

The second content update for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2), is erupting across Azeroth. With a new raid, a legendary DPS staff quest line, the most diverse daily questing experience to date, PvP Season 10, user-interface enhancements such as the Dungeon Journal, and much more, Rage of the Firelands brings a little something for everyone.

Also the World of Warcraft trial has undergone a few big changes with the launch of today’s content update. Starting today, blizzard removed the previous 10- and 14-day trial time restrictions, and players who are interested in trying out World of Warcraft can now play the base game for free up to a maximum character level of 20, including draenei and blood elf characters – all they need is a Battle.net account and an Internet connection. To mark the occasion, blizzard also has given the trial a new name: World of Warcraft Starter Edition. Players who had previously signed up for 10- or 14-day trials will be able to hop back into the Starter Edition right where they left off.

In addition, for anyone who hasn’t yet ventured beyond the Dark Portal, beginning today, players will be able to get both the original World of Warcraft and the game’s first expansion set, The Burning Crusade, for only $19.99 as part of the new digital Battle Chest now available in the online Blizzard Store. In addition, anyone who owns the original World of Warcraft, regardless of when they purchased the game, will automatically be able to access all of the content and features from The Burning Crusade expansion at no additional cost.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT(r): CATACLYSM(tm) SHATTERS PC-GAME SALES RECORD

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm, the third expansion for the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold through more than 3.3 million copies as of its first 24 hours of release, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time.* This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was simultaneously released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7, and became available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on December 9. More than 10,000 stores throughout the world opened their doors at midnight to welcome players who wanted to be among the first to obtain a copy of the expansion. In addition, more than 15,000 players attended official launch events hosted by Blizzard and key retail partners in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan.

“We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in Cataclysm, but the result was our best expansion yet,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.”

“World of Warcraft: Cataclysm delivered even bigger day-one sales than we experienced with StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty in July,” said Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, “making this a record year for Blizzard Entertainment at GameStop.”

Prior to the launch of Cataclysm, World of Warcraft’s subscriber population had grown to more than 12 million players globally, further strengthening the game’s position as the world’s most popular subscription-based MMORPG. More information about the new expansion can be found at the official Cataclysm website: http://www.blizzard.com/games/cataclysm/.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment® games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on career opportunities available at Blizzard Entertainment can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

Prepare…. The Reckoning Is At Hand.

By Angie Quidim

Tonight at midnight, millions of Blizzard fans will be lining up to pick up their copies of  World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  This long awaited expansion tears the world of Azeroth a new one and makes everyone start over (that includes new mods and quests).  Blizzard has been hyping their redo of the Eastern Kingdom and Kalimdor since the release of Wrath of the Lich King.  Players are constantly coming and going and the main complaint was, “there is nothing new…. same old starting areas, same old characters, same old combinations.”

Blizzard’s heavy hand of destruction is Deathwing.  A huge mother*$&!(*% dragon that you probably see now on your login screen when you start the game.  For the Horde you get the pleasure of him perching atop Stormwind.  The Ancients (the elements) are at unrest and the world really has been torn up. In other situations you will see things that may surprise you.  The passage of time has really taken place.  You just don’t see the same old fishing pond near the Undercity.  New races include the Goblins for the Horde and the Worgen for the Alliance.  New towns have been set up for each; New Gilneas (past the Greymane wall) and the Goblin Slums in new Orgmimmar.  That means new mounts, new quests and a whole new lot of combinations.  The collector’s edition of  Cataclysm is pictured below with a ton of goodies (alot similar to the extras that came with WOTLK).

The land of Azeroth will open up to players young and old with flying mounts and new terrains.  There are numerious more flight paths and the grinding for levels isn’t as bad as it was.  The game has made a change to accomodate new players and getting high level gear is only a couple of dungeons away.  Justice Points will allow  Jolly Joe the Paladin access to Item levels 230 and above. 

Blizzard has also forseen from previous expansion releases that the servers will be flooded with anxious gamers.  Patches have been slowly released so that the impace and installation time on game release day won’t be as horrible.  I would recommend picking up your game and waiting a day or two to let the populations settle down.  Usually release night tends to be ridiculous and the queue times to get into servers are just insane.

Here is the intro to the game:

So saddle up and get ready for some intense MMORPG!

Moonkin Hatchling & Lil’ Ragnaros Now Available

two new World of Warcraft pets in the Blizzard Pet Store: Lil’ Ragnaros and the Mookin Hatchling!  Please check out the link below for more details!

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1223948

 

Moonkin Hatchling & Lil’ Ragnaros Now Available

We’re pleased to announce that the two recently revealed in-game pets, Lil’ Ragnaros and the Moonkin Hatchling, have now made their way to the Pet Store section of the online Blizzard Store at a price of $10 each.

Lil’ Ragnaros, the Tiniest Firelord

Ragnaros, the dread master of all fire elementals, will return in Cataclysm to avenge his defeat in Molten Core. And what better way to head into battle than with a miniature version of the firelord himself following at your beck and call? Lil’ Ragnaros, just like his full-scale namesake, burns with constant fury (not to mention flames that serve as a handy cooking fire) and comes equipped with the legendary hammer Sulfuras. And as a being of pure elemental fire, he has no need to walk from place to place — he just submerges into the magma below the world’s surface when you start walking and reemerges when you stop.

Moonkin Hatchling Charity Pet — For the Children!

The googly-eyed Moonkin Hatchling, which comes in unique Horde and Alliance versions, will occasionally plant flowers at your feet, and happily /dances with any willing partners. Like last year’s Pandaren Monk, the Moonkin Hatchling has a soft spot for helping children. For every Moonkin Hatchling adopted from now through December 31, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment will donate 50% of the $10 purchase price to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT®: CATACLYSM™ OFFICIAL GLOBAL LAUNCH EVENTS

Blizzard Entertainment today announced several official launch events to celebrate the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm, the highly anticipated third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Starting on the night of December 6, key retail partners in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan will welcome gamers who want to be among the first to purchase and play Cataclysm. Members of the World of Warcraft development team will be on hand at each of the events to meet with players and sign their copies of the expansion.

In the US, the launch event will take place at the Fry’s Electronics located at 10800 Kalama River Avenue in Fountain Valley, Calif., starting at 9:00 p.m. PST on December 6. Gamers will enjoy an exciting evening of entertainment before the expansion goes on sale at midnight, including a dance contest showcasing players’ favorite moves from the game and featuring great prizes for the winning competitors. There will also be an exclusive live performance by The Artist Formerly Known As Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, Blizzard’s in-house and in-game band. For further details on each of the global launch events, visit www.blizzard.com/company/events/cataclysm-opening/. In addition to the official US launch event, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight to support gamers looking to pick up their copy of the expansion the moment it goes live. Please check with your local retailers for further details.

“After two years of development, we’re excited to now be just two weeks away from releasing our best World of Warcraft expansion yet,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Cataclysm will add a huge amount of new content to the game and change the face of Azeroth forever, and we can’t wait to celebrate this launch with players around the world.”

Attendees at the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launch events will have the opportunity to purchase the standard edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $39.99) as well as the Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price $79.99), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • An exclusive World of Warcraft: Cataclysm behind-the-scenes DVD including over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries
  • The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition soundtrack CD
  • The Art of Cataclysm, a 176-page hardback book featuring never-before-seen artwork from the development process
  • Starter pack and exclusive cards for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game
  • Exclusive in-game pet, Lil’ Deathwing
  • A special-edition World of Warcraft: Cataclysm mouse pad

 

The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC-game sales records upon their release.* In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

Cataclysm Pre-Sale Update

Cataclysm Direct Download and Game Cinematics

We’d like to take a moment to clarify how Blizzard will be delivering World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics to players who purchase the expansion digitally through Battle.net or download the installer from the web in the future. Prior to the December 7 launch of Cataclysm, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro cinematic as part of an upcoming patch. In addition, all other in-game cinematics (including previous ones such as the Wrathgate movie) will be available for download to players who have not previously installed them. These cinematics will be automatically downloaded in the background while you play the game, after other critical game data has been received.

Cataclysm Realm Launch Time Information

Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through Battle.net or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?

A. You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Q. Why do I need to log in to the game once after I’ve upgraded?

A. The first time you log in after pre-ordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it’s available. The data will automatically download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.

Q. Can I pre-order a physical copy of Cataclysm and have it shipped?

A. Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector’s Editions.

Q. In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?

The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:

Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia – December 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST

Europe and Russia – December 7 at 12:01 a.m. CET

Q. Will a digital version of the Collector’s Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?

A. No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition

An ancient evil lies dormant within the depths of your BlizzCon goody bag

An ancient evil lies dormant within the depths of your BlizzCon goody bag…. As a way of saying thanks for joining us for BlizzCon 2010, we’re pleased to present every attendee with a museum-quality maquette of one of Azeroth’s most fearsome figures—the tiny but terrible Dethling. Designed by Blizzard Entertainment artists and produced in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles, Dethling captures all the fury and rage of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s world-breaking villain, the corrupted black Dragon Aspect Deathwing, in a much smaller and friendlier form. Hand-cast in polystone and hand painted, each Dethling piece comes complete with a stamped base ready for display on your bookshelf, mantle, or weapon rack. This limited-edition souvenir collectible was created exclusively for BlizzCon 2010 and will never be reproduced for commercial sale.
Other items in the Goody Bag:


Deathy, World of Warcraft in-game pet and an exclusive set of murlocalyptic in-game items for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

Blizzard Authenticator

Cataclysm TV Spot Debuts 10/17 on Sunday NFL Football

This Sunday, during the Dallas Cowboys versus Minnesota Vikings NFL game on Fox (starts at 4:15 PM EDT, 1:15 PM PDT), Blizzard is debuting a new television commercial for World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion. The commercial will feature the first look at cinematic footage from Cataclysm, so tune in to an exciting game this Sunday and catch the new commercial!

WORLD OF WARCRAFT® SUBSCRIBER BASE REACHES 12 MILLION WORLDWIDE

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now exceeds 12 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached in the wake of the mainland Chinese launch of World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®, and also as global anticipation continues to mount for the December 7 release of the game’s third expansion, Cataclysm.

“The support and enthusiasm that gamers across the world continue to show for World of Warcraft reaffirms our belief that it offers one of the best entertainment values available today,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We are as committed as ever to taking the game to new heights, and we look forward to demonstrating that with Cataclysm in December.”

Since debuting in North America, Australia, and New Zealand on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. For 2008, the World of Warcraft series represented three of the top five bestselling PC games, with Wrath of the Lich King finishing the year at #1, and in 2009, World of Warcraft titles claimed three of the top six spots.*

World of Warcraft is currently available in eight languages and is played in North America, Europe, mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Chile, Argentina, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

World of Warcraft expansion arriving just in time for Christmas

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm(tm), the highly anticipated third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game*, will be released starting on December 7, 2010. The expansion will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a suggested retail price of

$39.99 and will also be offered as a digital download from the Blizzard Store. A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

“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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC game sales records upon their

release.* In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins

— will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway.

Visit the official Battle.net® website at http://www.battle.net to set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate. 

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm(tm), the highly anticipated third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game*, will be released starting on December 7, 2010. The expansion will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a suggested retail price of

$39.99 and will also be offered as a digital download from the Blizzard Store. A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

 

“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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

 

The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC game sales records upon their

release.* In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins

— will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

 

The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway.

Visit the official Battle.net® website at http://www.battle.net to set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate.