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10-28-2010 @ 2:33PM
To clarify, because so many people will ask:You will NOT be able to play Cata until midnight PST. That means 3:00AM for east coast players.YES, that means if you get the game at midnight release, you will have to wait 3 hours, if you're on the east coast.
10-28-2010 @ 2:34PM
Hey, that means us east coasters standing in line have time to download the thing before servers are actually up!.../starts planning for a REALLY late night.
10-28-2010 @ 2:57PM
This makes me want to just wait until the next day to bother with it. If I could play at 12:01 local time (EST) it would be "beneficial" (except for the sleep loss). But there's no real point in standing in line or pre-downloading it if I have to go to bed before the servers are available.I can't decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
10-28-2010 @ 3:24PM
according to the mmo-c post the upgrade doesn't go into effect on your acct til 9:01am
10-28-2010 @ 3:54PM
Just a guess but maintenance that day could very well begin at midnight server and not come up until 5pm or so. Kind of negating either format. I think I will stroll over to my local gamestop at 10 am and pick up my pre-order then grab some food to munch on while I DL it and prepare for....nothing. At least for a good 6-8 hours :)
10-28-2010 @ 5:44PM
By the time you're done patching, it'll be closer to server start up anyway. Do what everyone else does...put on a movie, play xbox, or Sleep.Paid Time Off FTW
10-28-2010 @ 5:56PM
and if I'm doing timezones right, New Zealand has to wait until about 8pm. QQ!
10-28-2010 @ 7:59PM
The bit I'm interested in is whether this 12.01am PST launch will apply to those buying retail as well, because it's really going to put a dampener on midnight launches in places like Australia and New Zealand if after queuing up at midnight they then have to wait up to 20 hours before they can play. Considering what they did with Starcraft 2, it seems very unlike Blizzard to want to cause this much trouble for their retail partners.
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