Blizzard has released the newest expansion for World of Warcraft, Cataclysm, for early download on Battle.net. No, you can’t play it yet, but at exactly 12:01 on December 7th you’ll be free to do just that without having to wait. Read on for more info.
If you have a World of Warcraft account, you can head over to Battle.net to upgrade your account to Cataclysm and start the download right away. You’ll be able to install everything you’ll need for launch day and all of the new content will be available to you at precisely 12:01 AM PST. Now, you may have some questions about this so I’ll let Blizzard do the explaining:
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.