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No release date offered, but Blizzard confirms the development of Cataclysm

During the beginning of BlizzCon 2009, Blizzard officials confirmed development of the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack, Cataclysm, though an official launch date hasn't been offered.

"I'm confident it will be nothing less than Earth-shattering," said Chris Metzen, Blizzard VP of development, who publicly introduced the game.  "It will literally change the world of Azeroth as you know it."

News of the expected Cataclysm announcement first leaked onto the Internet a few weeks back, though Blizzard didn't make an official announcement.  The new expansion will raise the current character level cap from 80 up to 85, offering two new character races, and a new, revamped Azeroth as WoW gamers know it.

The new races include the goblins -- for the horde -- and the wolf-like worgen -- for the alliance -- along with flying mounts, dungeons, raids and race-class combinations.  As expected in an expansion, the game also will offer new monsters and hundreds of new questions, along with several new playing zones.

BlizzCon attendees saw a new trailer that showed Azeroth in ruins, with tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and tidal waves ravaging the countryside as a dragon rose from the Earth.

Blizzard is notorious for releasing video games "when they're done," and most of the studio's game titles undergo at least one delay before launch.  Although Blizzard didn't say when gamers can expect Cataclysm to be released, the rumor mill is churning out unconfirmed information it could be ready sometime next spring.

If you're a WoW gamer, will you purchase the Cataclysm expansion?

Also noted during BlizzCon, Blizzard mentioned Starcraft II will be released in 2010, almost 10 years after the latest Starcraft expansion game.  I'm still waiting to learn more about Starcraft: Ghost -- a game I saw a few years ago, and though t looked pretty good -- but it seemingly has vanished.

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By eddieroolz on 8/24/2009 8:36:05 PM , Rating: 3
So this is where they're spending their resources, not to develop SCII...

RE: Blizzard
By matt0401 on 8/25/2009 2:10:32 AM , Rating: 3
Why focus on a real game when you can instead milk more money out of an addicted mass of those who think paying monthly for the right to the characters they developed is just. Now they can get to level 85!!! YAY!

RE: Blizzard
By callmeroy on 8/25/2009 8:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
WTF are you guys talking about ...SCII is coming along quite nicely...the preview footage looks amazing. Not to mention Mike Morhime (I always spell his name wrong) stated at Blizzcon when an interviewer asked if working on so many projects at once (SCII, Diablo III and the next WoW Xpac all slated for '10 releases) detracts from any of the other. He first jokingly said that it keeps them busy that's for sure....but on a serious note he stated "no" because they are different teams that work on the different games. The SCII team works on SCII -- not WoW.

RE: Blizzard
By matt0401 on 8/27/2009 1:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
I saw blizz con
By callmeroy on 8/24/2009 8:19:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'm one of those long time WoW gamers, started playing early '05. The game was only released for 4 months before I started and I still play today and enjoy it.

(I think a fair amount of why I still enjoy it is because I still play with some of the original people that started with me when I first got into the game).

Anyway I think the upcoming expansion is gonna be great...a big draw for me with the game has been the story (not all of them their are too many side stories, but the main story line) -- when I play the game and do the raids or quests that tie into the story I pay attention to it. So given all that as my playstyle I think its pretty cool that Azeroth is going to be forever changed....and I like the whole Dragonflight story line I'm looking forward to it.

As for the Worgen -- their racials are pretty badass to be honest (so are the goblins for that matter) hopefully with some customizations they won't look to "cutsey" so I will actually play one.

lol.....I think its gonna be hilarious in a sense to do Deadmines as a lvl 85 heroic......(for non-players Dead Mines up to now and before the expansion is/was one of the lowest instances you could possibly do in the game -- like super easy...level 15 players did it....)

RE: I saw blizz con
By FITCamaro on 8/24/2009 9:45:03 AM , Rating: 1
I remember Deadmines from the 3 months I had the displeasure of playing WoW.

You can enjoy it. I'll be playing SW:TOR.

RE: I saw blizz con
By callmeroy on 8/24/2009 10:51:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'll never fault folks for having different tastes -- if we all liked the same things, think of how bland the world would be......that's not to say I wouldn't crack a joke about different tastes.......

MMOs (of any flavor pick ANY of them) are largely a success/fail on the community and the people who associate with in the game. Like I said I still game with largely the same folks today as almost 5 years ago -- so its like playing with friends...all our groups and everything are rarely including "outsiders".

As for the wow community (as in the forums and general and trade chat channels in game) ---- you got me there...its horrible. Mostly immature kids busting on every single thing you can imagine (if it makes sense or not).

SW:TOR --- I'm intrigued I might check that out myself. I can only afford one game that is pay to play so it has to be extremely good (I have a lot invested time/friends in WoW).

RE: I saw blizz con
By Maiyr on 9/18/2009 1:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
It took you 3 months to determine you were experiencing displeasure ?

Just saying...

RE: I saw blizz con
By bighairycamel on 8/24/2009 11:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
I quit playing over a year ago but I was following Blizzcon hoping for some Starcraft II news. Anyway, I thought the Azeroth changes were pretty cool, but will make PvP servers a pain in the royal ass. Having bored level 80+ players flying around at 280% speed will be a major headache.

Surely Blizzard won't forget about new players though, so they may introduce some new non-contested areas. I hear Soutshore/Hillsbrad may be one of them.

Worgen backwards
By Flail on 8/23/2009 7:50:57 PM , Rating: 3

RE: Worgen backwards
By ViroMan on 8/23/2009 8:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
I am appalled that you would say such a racist thing.

Now that the obligatory Politically Correct comment is out. Ha good find.

RE: Worgen backwards
By Flail on 8/23/2009 9:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually an "old find" really. I used to play WoW for about a year, meh... I'm sure Blizzard's original intent was to give Alliance a "badass" race, but instead they gave them "furries".
First page, first screenshot... wow.

RE: Worgen backwards
By FITCamaro on 8/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Worgen backwards
By FITCamaro on 8/25/09, Rating: 0
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