If you want the opportunity to start playing World of Warcraft: Cataclysm the moment the servers are switched on – here’s your chance. The game is now available for pre-sale through Battle.net, and your account will be granted automatic access to the full game when it launches at 12:01am PST on December 7th.
All you need to do is order the game, pay for it, and then make sure you log in to WoW at least once prior to December 7th (that’ll kick-off the background-downloading process). Then, it’s just a matter of waiting (im)patiently for the next month and a bit, before Deathwing returns to Azeroth and wreaks havoc on the world.
…something that won’t help your waiting – Deathwing has already been spotted around the place, making a pre-launch appearance marked by earthquakes which do not bode well for anybody.
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
A. The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:
Americas, Australia, New Zealand, 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.