December 6, 2010
World Of Warcraft Releasing Third Expansion Tuesday
World of Warcraft (WoW) is about to release another expansion for the game known as Cataclysm, which will be available December 7.
The new name implies that the expansion re-makes the world in which the game is set and rips up the geography of many familiar places.
It also introduces two new races to the game and increases the level cap, along with many other changes.
Shops around the world are getting ready to stay open at midnight on December 6 as eager gamers get ready to get their hands on Cataclysm. Blizzard also set up a system that allowed people to pre-load the expansion pack by downloading it so they can play it once it becomes available online on December 7.
The new expansion revolves around the emergence into Azeroth, the world in which WoW is set, of Deathwing the dragon. The seismic activity accompanying his emergence causes changes to almost every part of the game world.
Many geographical changes to Azeroth have already been applied to the game through a patch applied in late November. In-game events involved players in quests to thwart cults predicting the end of the world or battling elementals released by Deathwing's struggle to get free.
The game will see other alterations to the quests players must do to progress to higher levels. Many of them are themed around helping regions recover from the devastation that Deathwing brought.
Game industry watchers say that the new WoW expansion was a way for the game's creators to remake the world that does not annoy existing players but that could also tempt lapsed or new players into giving it a try.
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