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Cataclysm Launch Date, DC Universe Online Late

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.

  • nforce4max
    Pitty but what do I care I play on a private server and can enjoy the game for as it is without having to fork over $15 every time to renew a subscription. I got 6 accounts.
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  • Graham_71
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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
    Finally, a confirmed release date.
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