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Cataclysm Launch Date, DC Universe Online Late

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launches in December while DC Universe Online gets pushed back into early 2011.

Monday brought reports regarding two important MMORPG release dates for the PC.

According to Blizzard, the third expansion pack for World of Warcraft--entitled Cataclysm--will be in stores starting December 7, 2010. The expansion will be simultaneously released for both Windows 7/Vista/XP and Macintosh platforms for $39.99, and will also be available as a digital download from Blizzard's online store. Gamers can purchase the Collector's Edition at retail for a meatier $79.99 pricetag on the same day.

"Cataclysm includes the best content we've ever created for World of Warcraft," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "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. 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."

In related news, Sony Online Entertainment said that its upcoming superhero MMORPG DC Universe Online has been pushed back to "early 2011." Although specific reasons for the delay weren't provided, SOE president John Smedley said that the game is now heading into external beta testing, and that the extra time will allow the team to "address community feedback in a meaningful delay."

"When we get deeper into external beta, we'll be able to share more information regarding the new launch date," he said.

Gamers wanting access to the beta without pre-ordering the game will have until 11:59 PST Monday night (tonight) to register. Those who already registered or obtained a VIP key card will have access on a priority basis starting as early as next week. North American consumers who pre-order by November 15, 2010 will have a guaranteed spot by November 30. Anyone pre-ordering the game after November 15 will gain beta access one week prior to the launch date.

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    Graham_71 , October 4, 2010 9:52 PM
    Please Note: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm requires World Of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade and Wrath Of The Lich King to play
    http://www.play.com/Games/PC/4-/11586786/World-Of-Warcraft-Cataclysm/Product.html

    Would be ok if it were stand alown, but to need all 3 previous titles, come on...
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    thrillhaus , October 4, 2010 9:54 PM
    graham_71Please Note: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm requires World Of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade and Wrath Of The Lich King to playhttp://www.play.com/Games/PC/4-/11 [...] oduct.htmlWould be ok if it were stand alown, but to need all 3 previous titles, come on...

    You don't need the expansions if you're just starting out in the game within a few restrictions..
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    gnookergi , October 4, 2010 10:03 PM
    thrillhausYou don't need the expansions if you're just starting out in the game within a few restrictions..


    Eh, I'm pretty sure you need vanilla and the first two expansions to play the third expansion.
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    kingssman , October 4, 2010 10:19 PM
    I just wonder if Cataclysm is gonna break the 30GB mark for my PC. The 3 expansions already come close
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    kazandar , October 4, 2010 10:37 PM
    gnookergiEh, I'm pretty sure you need vanilla and the first two expansions to play the third expansion.


    Thats only partially true, you need the first to expansions to move though the levels between 60-80 but blizz has already stated the cataclysm is going to happen regardless of if you buy the expansion or not. So you still get all the recreated low level content regardless if you only have vanilla.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2010 11:00 PM
    LOL

    Thx .. I play on private servers. no blizzard crap to put up with.
    The private servers are by fare more enjoyable. and free.. what cna be better.
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    XZaapryca , October 4, 2010 11:12 PM
    Private servers are fun, but not everything works usually. Yeah, they're free, but you get what you pay for. Just ask those running arcemu on a Windows system about collision support. Retail WoW is only $13/mo if you prepay for six months. My WoW folder is only 18gb, but I don't have any addons.
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    jimmysmitty , October 4, 2010 11:34 PM
    While I love the DCU and hell Superman/Batman: Apocalypse was great, I don't trust Sony to deliver unless DC keeps a strong hand in it.

    Plus I hate subscriptions.

    Guess its only Batamn: Arkham City for me this year....
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    T_T , October 5, 2010 1:08 AM
    Finally, a confirmed release date.
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    Fokissed , October 5, 2010 1:27 AM
    kingssmanI just wonder if Cataclysm is gonna break the 30GB mark for my PC. The 3 expansions already come close

    Wrath takes under 15gb for me.
    Edit: 16.6GB with the latest patch.
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    RazberyBandit , October 5, 2010 5:19 AM
    Does this mean I'll finally stop getting 10 emails a week about the Cataclysm beta?
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    dEAne , October 5, 2010 9:49 AM
    I like this one.
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    kingnoobe , October 5, 2010 11:00 AM
    Ya, graham because this isn't the way mmo's usually work..DUR DUR
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    g00fysmiley , October 5, 2010 12:18 PM
    grr i hope my amd64 socket 754 3500+ can handle it >_<

    was hopign to wait till buldozer and sandy bridge to be out to determine my next build but might have to boost the timetable up a bit pending cata specs
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    beayn , October 5, 2010 12:37 PM
    "Cataclysm includes the best content we've ever created for World of Warcraft,"

    This should read "re-created". The game is getting boring enough without having to go back to the old world and do deadmines again... ugh.
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    giovanni86 , October 5, 2010 12:52 PM
    I cannot wait, must gear up as much as possible!!! This is going to be awesome. Only down fall is i work at UPS and thats the first week of peak season ehhhh going to have to call in sick for a few days or weeks... mmmm =D
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    jellico , October 5, 2010 1:30 PM
    The expansion looks really great. My friends, kids, and I are all looking forward to it. The problem now is that we are all in that limbo between annoucement of the launch date, and the launch. Other than some casual play, there's not a lot to do now. No reason to be doing ICC raids since all of that gear will become second-rate in the new expansion. Same thing with Arena gear. The honor cap is 75K, and I'm already there. About the only thing to do is farm and stockpile gold until the release. Or maybe raise an alt... then again, I want a Goblin! :) 
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    eccentric909 , October 5, 2010 1:34 PM
    graham_71Please Note: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm requires World Of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade and Wrath Of The Lich King to playhttp://www.play.com/Games/PC/4-/11 [...] oduct.htmlWould be ok if it were stand alown, but to need all 3 previous titles, come on...


    Vanilla and TBC are now $19.99 and include a free month of gameplay each, WotLK is probably still $39 (though it'll go down rather quickly after Cataclysm launches) and also includes 1 free month. All MMO's are the same way, in order to play the latest content, you have to buy all of the expansions. However, as someone else said, you can go 1-60 with just the original "vanilla" WoW and it will include the re-vamped world and leveling experience.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2010 1:38 PM
    Is this a story line based game, or a game where you could do multi missions at a time?

    I love the story line games the best!
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