WoW: Cataclysm Collector's Edition emerges

We don’t know quite when World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will launch, but at least now we know it’ll do it in style. Today we received the plans for the expansion pack’s limited-release Collector’s Edition – and this one’s a pretty shiny little deal.

Cataclysm: Collector's Edition

Even the box is impressive.

Promising to only be available at retail stores, the bonus pack includes the game disc (of course!), and these extras:

Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.

Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil’ Deathwing will still proudly accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much, much larger counterpart.

Behind-the-scenes DVD with over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries, as well as a special Warcraft retrospective examining the rich gaming history of the Warcraft universe.

Soundtrack featuring 17 epic new tracks from Cataclysm, including exclusive bonus tracks.

Special-edition mouse pad depicting Deathwing menacing the ravaged continents of Azeroth.

World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards, including a 60-card starter deck from the Wrathgate series, two extended-art cards, and two Collector’s Edition-exclusive hero cards, marking the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the TCG.

Cataclysm is expected to follow in the footsteps of the previous two World of Warcraft expansions – 2007’s The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King in 2008 – selling “rather well” at release (both previous packs smashed PC game sales records).

In this new one, however, Azeroth as we know it will be forever changed, by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. A quick look at the box-art for this edition should give you a fair idea of the turmoil – once-familiar areas of the world have been reshaped (and appropriately filled with new adventures), and the planet itself is starting to shatter.

To help survive this new experience, two new playable races – the Horde’s goblins and the mysterious worgen for the Alliance – have joined the ever-raging battle. The level cap’s been raised to 85, and virtually everything else we’ve come to know and love in-game has been tweaked, changed and overhauled.

Want a look at what’s in store? The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway – if you’ve got a Battle.net account registered with a copy of a Blizzard game, you’re potentially eligible!

Promising to reveal release dates “and other details” for the game, Blizzard have let us know that the WoW: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition will be released on DVD for both PC and Mac on the same date, for a recommended retail price of US$79.99 in that territory, and AU$109.95 / NZ$139.95 Down Under. Fingers crossed we see this one by Christmas!

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