World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Release Date Announced

Fans of the popular World of Warcraft game have been waiting for more than a year to hear when the newest game expansion would be released. Today, Blizzard Entertainment finally made the proclamation that caused millions of fans to sigh in relief. Don’t get your credit cards ready just yet, though. The Xpac will not hit store shelves until December 7th, 2010, just in time for the holiday season. Cataclysm will bring about massive changes to the game you have come to know and love over the years.

Not everyone is excited to see these changes hit their realms. After all, nothing will look exactly as it once did. There will be new races (Goblins and Worgen), new play areas, new talent specs and new levels to achieve. According to Blizzard:

The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade(R) and Wrath of the Lich King(R), 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.

However, many dedicated fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on this release. My assistant Kat is one of those people, and is already saving her pennies to have them ready for December 7th. She says that this is what keeps the game exciting… not staying stagnant, always creating new and exciting challenges and writing lore she loves to immerse herself in.

Are you looking forward to the expansion, or are you dreading the changes that will make their way to Azeroth?