The Countdown To WoW Cataclysm – Release Time Updates

By Jamie Pert - Dec 6, 2010

The day that World of Warcraft fans around the globe have been waiting for is almost finally upon us. As you may know, the new Cataclysm expansion is bringing in new content, races, spells, and raised level cap (85 up from 80) will be released tonight at 12:00am around the world, and we have all the information you need right here.

The initial transition phase is out of the way with Patch 4.0.3 and the Elemental Invasion playing dramatic roles pre-Cataclysm. Talent tree’s have been revamped, the old world has been sundered and Deathwing has left his mark on the world, as seen via the new cinematic.

New gear has been obtained, new characters have been leveled, but now it’s finally time to get our main and level through 5 more levels of exciting content. Not to mention the new tier of raids that I bet you are all excited to take part in.

There has been some confusion though considering the exact release times for each continent. We can officially clear this up by stating that every WoW player will be able to buy, download and play Cataclysm from 12:00am, their time. Although there are some fundamental details you should be aware of.

EU players on the Central European Time (CET) zone can expect to get the game at 12am too, whether or not you pre-ordered a digital download or want to grab it from your local store where there is a host of launch events happening everywhere. This also means that players in England can get the expansion one hour early, which means they can get it at 11:00pm, December 6 GMT.

As regards to players on the PST and EST time zones, you will have slightly different times depending on what time zone you are in. Read the blue post below that explains all you need to know.

Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through Battle.net or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

As stated earlier, Blizzard will hold numerous events around the globe. You can find out more about where these launch events are happening by visiting WoW Insider, or other websites here, here and here (UK launch details) who have the whole scoop. Be sure to also check the official Blizzard Events page too.

Are you excited for Cataclysm? What is the first thing you’ll do upon loading the expansion? My body is quivering with excitement.

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