World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Releases!


The hugely-anticipated follow-up to Blizzard’s 2008 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King hits store shelves today! World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, in development for the past two years, features thousands of new quests, multiple new zones, two playable races, and a boatload of new villains to conquer.

A full run down of features added alongside Deathwing’s arrival to Azeroth include:

  • Two new playable races: the Goblins, a race of tinkerers who truly enjoy the sound of an explosion, have recently taken refuge with the Horde. Meanwhile, the Worgen of Gilneas, a race of human/werewolf hybrids, have re-joined their past allies within the Alliance.
  • Level cap increases to 85: Five new levels have been added for the heroes of Azeroth to quest through
  • New zones: The Cataclysm has added multiple new zones to the game, including Uldum, Grim Batol, and the great sunken city of Vashj’ir beneath the sea. Both of Azeroth’s new races have brought their own zones to the game, including Gilneas and Kezan
  • Classic zones have been remade: Blizzard poured years of development into re-making the entire old world of Azeroth, visually altering dozens of the game’s zones and re-doing nearly every quest in the old game (more on this in our past article!)
  • New race and class combinations: Blizzard is now allowing various new race and class combinations, including gnome priests, dwarf shamans, tauren paladins, and more
  • Revamped Talent Trees: Blizzard’s developers have revamped the entire talent tree system, trimming the fat and adding dozens of new talents to the game
  • A new secondary profession – Archaeology: Unearth valuable artifacts and unique rewards, including mounts, pets, and weapons, with this new profession
  • Flying mounts on Azeroth: Perhaps the most requested feature since the introduction of flying mounts in Outland, players are now able to fly throughout Azeroth
  • Guild advancement system: Guilds can now work their way through various guild levels, gaining experience through quests, grinds, and gameplay. Rewards unlock as guilds progress through the levels, including the new Dark Phoenix mount, guild bonuses, and more
  • Dozens of new spells and abilities
  • New PvP adventures and battlegrounds: Blizzard has added two new battlegrounds to the game, and have also opened up the ability for players to participate in rated battlegrounds against worthy opponents
  • Thousands of new items, mounts, pets, and more

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is on sale everywhere at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Some online retailers are still offering copies of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition for $79.99.

Lytherus’s past coverage of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has included:
  • World of Warcraft: Shattered article
  • “The Shattering: A Prelude to Cataclysm”” book review

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