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You can feel it in the air as World of Warcraft fans gear up for the biggest thing to hit Azeroth since the game's inception. Third expansion pack Cataclysm launches onto servers at midnight tonight, and things are already heating up.
The game's already on shelves in Australia and New Zealand, before the official launch this evening (midnight server time is 7pm Australian Eastern Summer Time), and we've noticed a serious range of prices between retailers.
EB Games aren't holding any special evening events (although your local store may be open late - it's worth contacting them if you're curious), and they're selling the Cataclysm Collector's Edition for AU$108.00. They claim to still have some in stock, so if you haven't already put your name down, hop to it!
While that's pretty impressive, they are selling the standard version for AU$58.00 - which is at least ten dollars more expensive than their nearest competitor, and $20 more than the cheapest we found. You can try to price match, but sometimes - particularly this close to the holidays - it might be easier just to go somewhere else.
...but when is the launch? Here, have a handy poster they've created, and click through to find your local shop:
GAME is promising a "Launch Special" price of AU$48 - we're not sure how long that price will stick though. It could be a short term special, or it could just be the standard amount, dolled up for the event. They may also price match, if other stores are open at the time you're doing your shopping.
Electronics retailer Harvey Norman will have some stores open for launch - with giveaways at the Moore Park location - it's a good idea to check with your local, to find out if there will be anybody there. They're selling the standard edition for AU$38, one of the cheapest prices we've seen.
...and finally, bargain shoppers should head to JB Hi-Fi. Not only are there Blizzard goodie bags to give away at Sydney City (World Square), Parramatta, Adelaide City and Hobart, but the game is also the cheapest we were able to find it - a tiny $37.98 for the standard edition. They do claim this is for a limited time only, so if you want to save yourself some moneys, get in quick.
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