Prep those doctor’s notes (and maybe even a few divorce papers…), weeks before the expected announcement at Blizzcon 2010, Blizzard today officially announced that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be released starting on December 7, 2010.
“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.”
Here’s an official description of the content for those that don’t know:
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 highly anticipated third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based MMO will retail for $39.99 and be available on DVD-ROM for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh and will also be offered as a digital download from the Blizzard Store. An $80 special collector’s edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores if you’re of the “Super Fan” variety…and really, which WoW players aren’t???