Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has announced that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be released on December 7, 2010. This third expansion for the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be available on DVD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 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 follows the first two World of Warcraft expansions: The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. In Cataclysm:
An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane.
Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.
Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.
Those interested can sign up for the chance to participate in the beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which is currently underway, by visiting the official Battle.net website.
To learn more about World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, visit www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm.