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Blizzard Clarifies Pre-Sale of Cataclysm Digital

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

Blizzard offers a short Q&A to answer any pre-sale questions regarding the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion.

Tuesday Blizzard sent along a email clarifying how the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics will be distributed to those who purchase digital versions via Battle.net, and those who plan to download the installer from the Cataclysm website.

According to the company, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro as part of an upcoming patch set to be distributed prior to December 7. All other cinematics-- even older ones such as the Wrathgate movie-- will be available to download for those who haven't already installed them. Once the critical game data has been obtained and installed, the cinematics will automatically download in the background.

Blizzard also said that North American subscribers who upgrade to Cataclysm--either the digital or physical retail copy--will gain access to the new content at 12am Pacific Standard Time (3am Easter Standard Time) on December 7. "Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12am PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in," Blizzard said.

The company also provided a quick FAQ covering credit card payments, pre-ordering, and more:

Q. When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?
A. You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Q. Why do I need to log in to the game once after I’ve upgraded?
A. The first time you log in after pre-ordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it’s available. The data will automatically download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.

Q. Can I pre-order a physical copy of Cataclysm and have it shipped?
A. Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector’s Editions.

Q. In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?
The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:
Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST
Europe and Russia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. CET

Q. Will a digital version of the Collector's Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?
A. No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition.

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    reprotected , November 4, 2010 12:18 AM
    Q. How much life will you lose by playing this game?
    A. For people who are new to this game, about a year to possibly your whole life (until the server closes down). If you already play this game, expect forever.
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    Leopardos , November 4, 2010 8:02 AM
    i was playing this game when i was 17 years old , i had alot of time playing it for 3 years , now i work and i have no time to play , i did quit , but i must admit , now i can control my self of how much im willing to play , and for sure i will never quit wow for ever , i didnt play it for 4 months till now , but im getting back , i will never get bored of it...
    here im coming baby ;) 
    By the way, games like this = legend , at least you can have fun playing it , not like nowdays games , i was a big fan of fps , but REAL fps like Quakelive ... Counter-strike , but i cant remmber any good game now ...
    Just world of warcraft .
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  • 11 Hide
    reprotected , November 4, 2010 12:18 AM
    Q. How much life will you lose by playing this game?
    A. For people who are new to this game, about a year to possibly your whole life (until the server closes down). If you already play this game, expect forever.
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    FloKid , November 4, 2010 12:20 AM
    Why no in-game pet?
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    Dirtman73 , November 4, 2010 12:59 AM
    What game is this again?
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    eklipz330 , November 4, 2010 1:23 AM
    i can't wait until WOW dies... blizzard has been sitting on their asses for god knows how long, it shouldn't take 4 years for a starcraft 2 expansion...
  • 0 Hide
    cashews , November 4, 2010 1:26 AM
    I am glad I quit playing a few years back.
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    drakennz , November 4, 2010 1:41 AM
    FloKidWhy no in-game pet?


    There is one - but it comes with the collector's addition in physical form only - it's the same as they've done with previous releases as well.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 2:15 AM
    Easter Standard Time?
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    whysobluepandabear , November 4, 2010 3:02 AM
    I wish I never touched WoW. Seriously, stay away from the game. It will ruin everything you have going for yourself. It steals away all real world potential, while you become a super hero in a game.


    If what I did in-game translated to real life status, I would be bigger than P-diddy, and just as rich as him.


    Too bad I have nothing to show for all the time invested. Well, besides the money I made selling the account....but for the amount of time invested into the characters, It's a steal to buy an account.
  • 7 Hide
    cybr , November 4, 2010 3:28 AM
    It took you playing the game and spending all that time to realize that?
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    anacandor , November 4, 2010 4:12 AM
    The one thing i regret in life was playing wow. Praise jebus i got over that game.
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    cloudNINE , November 4, 2010 7:58 AM
    Blizzard used to be a great gaming company. Now its infested with spam bots, farm bots, bots and more bots.

    They ban people for really minor infractions while allowing on-line merchants to profit from their servers. Example: www.d2legit.com makes thousands of dollars probably per day when the ladder resets, totally breaking Blizzards EULA but they do NOTHING. Not to mention the WOW gold farming and sold for real money, lol.

    Yeah, its a corporate joke that none of their brass even acknowledges, despite the one and half zillion complaints regarding their poor customer service.

    Blizzard, you can deny things for awhile, but eventually, the denial and lies that follow are self evident.

    And yet they brag when they ban 10-30 thousand customers and let the profiteering websites go unabated. It's a total joke and most everyone is realizing this much now.
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    Leopardos , November 4, 2010 8:02 AM
    i was playing this game when i was 17 years old , i had alot of time playing it for 3 years , now i work and i have no time to play , i did quit , but i must admit , now i can control my self of how much im willing to play , and for sure i will never quit wow for ever , i didnt play it for 4 months till now , but im getting back , i will never get bored of it...
    here im coming baby ;) 
    By the way, games like this = legend , at least you can have fun playing it , not like nowdays games , i was a big fan of fps , but REAL fps like Quakelive ... Counter-strike , but i cant remmber any good game now ...
    Just world of warcraft .
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    dEAne , November 4, 2010 8:30 AM
    only few like to play this game.
  • 5 Hide
    Lunarion , November 4, 2010 8:37 AM
    once this semester is over....I will return
  • 4 Hide
    hexacanon , November 4, 2010 10:24 AM
    dEAneonly few like to play this game.


    the rest are damned to play it forever
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    nebun , November 4, 2010 11:12 AM
    FloKidWhy no in-game pet?

    get a real pet...
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    nebun , November 4, 2010 11:13 AM
    this freaking game is so dated...we have dx11...helllo!!!
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 11:40 AM
    ************
    this freaking game is so dated...we have dx11...helllo!!!
    ************

    No way you could ever get a DX10 or DX11 game as vast and open as WoW to run on any computer. They use older graphics so they can maintain larger worlds with more characters on screen and relatively little loading spots. I like the cartooney graphics to be honest.
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    eccentric909 , November 4, 2010 12:15 PM
    WhySoBluePandaBearI wish I never touched WoW. Seriously, stay away from the game. It will ruin everything you have going for yourself. It steals away all real world potential, while you become a super hero in a game.If what I did in-game translated to real life status, I would be bigger than P-diddy, and just as rich as him. Too bad I have nothing to show for all the time invested.


    Yes, if you can't control yourself, or your impulses, MMOs probably aren't for you. It's not like that for everyone, however. The same can be said of Farmville.

    A lot of people can play WoW and/or other MMOs casually, maintain a good job, social life and not waste away their lives behind a computer screen.

    However, if you don't have a good grasp on self-control, or have an addictive personality, you should probably stay away from WoW and many other habit forming vices like gambling, compulsive shopping and over-eating. But let's not paint everyone with this broad brush, there are many examples of people who don't succumb so easily and know when to say enough is enough.
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    AMD_pitbull , November 4, 2010 12:20 PM
    cashewsI am glad I quit playing a few years back.

    WhySoBluePandaBearI wish I never touched WoW. Seriously, stay away from the game. It will ruin everything you have going for yourself. It steals away all real world potential, while you become a super hero in a game.If what I did in-game translated to real life status, I would be bigger than P-diddy, and just as rich as him. Too bad I have nothing to show for all the time invested. Well, besides the money I made selling the account....but for the amount of time invested into the characters, It's a steal to buy an account.

    anacandorThe one thing i regret in life was playing wow. Praise jebus i got over that game.

    Leopardosi was playing this game when i was 17 years old , i had alot of time playing it for 3 years , now i work and i have no time to play , i did quit , but i must admit , now i can control my self of how much im willing to play , and for sure i will never quit wow for ever , i didnt play it for 4 months till now , but im getting back , i will never get bored of it...here im coming baby By the way, games like this = legend , at least you can have fun playing it , not like nowdays games , i was a big fan of fps , but REAL fps like Quakelive ... Counter-strike , but i cant remmber any good game now ...Just world of warcraft .

    Lunariononce this semester is over....I will return

    Feels like I'm at a damn AA meeting...
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