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Cataclysm playable at midnight PST Dec. 7, no matter how you buy it

Here's a bit of sad news for all WoW players not lucky enough to live on the west coast: Blizzard CM Bashiok has announced that the official Cataclysm start time for all North American servers will be Dec. 7 at midnight PST. This will include servers on other time zones. So, sorry eastern time people. You may be able to pick up your copies of the game at midnight EST, but you'll have to wait a few hours for the west coast to catch up before you play.

The full announcement is as follows:

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 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.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will destroy Azeroth as we know it; nothing will be the same! In WoW Insider's Guide to Cataclysm, you can find out everything you need to know about WoW's third expansion (available Dec. 7, 2010), from brand new races to revamped quests and zones. Visit our Cataclysm news category for the most recent posts having to do with the Cataclysm expansion.

Filed under: Realm Status, Blizzard, News items, Cataclysm

Wrath of the Lich King: Midnight approaches!

Wrath of the Lich King is nearly upon us and WoW Insider is waiting in line with the rest of you. If you're not braving a midnight launch yourself, you can live vicariously through our pictures of the crowds, updated as often as we can get internet connectivity. Have pictures of your own launch event? Toss 'em our way by mailing aroundazeroth AT wowinsider DOT com and we'll add them to the mix!

Filed under: Blizzard, Wrath of the Lich King

Rumor: Activision Blizzard paying mall costs for Gamestop midnight launches

When Gamestop first started taking pre-orders for Wrath of the Lich King, they told their customers that they would be open at midnight for the launch. About a month ago, however, the Gamestop stores in malls had to cancel their midnight launches. When I asked my local mall Gamestop employee while taking the mini-gamer trick or treating, I was told that the malls were charging too much to keep the doors open and that all Gamestop mall stores were canceling midnight launches.

I informed my friends who had pre-ordered and they went to cancel their pre-orders only to be told that Activision was paying the mall costs and the midnight launches were back on schedule. When I called to confirm, I was told the same information but that the employee would not be quoted.

So I called Gamestop Corporate. The marketing department refused to comment saying that they would not release information about a publisher covering any costs for Gamestop. He was very irritated, to put it mildly.

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Filed under: Blizzard, News items, Expansions, Wrath of the Lich King, Rumors

European midnight launch events

And the Europe-themed news keeps on coming. The Blizzard Europe team will be having some events of their own to celebrate the expansion, with copies to sell and developers signing. Locations are as follows:
  • UK: HMV
    150 Oxford Street
    London W1D 1DJ
    Phone: 020 7631 3423
    Doors open: 11:00PM, January 15

    74 Ave des Champs Elysées
    Paris 8e
    Phone: 0153 53 64 64
    Doors open: 0:00 - 04:00, January 16

  • GERMANY: Media Markt
    10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg
    Krumme Straße 48
    Phone: 030 31992 0
    On sale: 0:00, January 16

  • SWEDEN: EB Games Gallerian
    Hamngatan 37
    Phone: 08 411 21 51
    Doors open: 0:00, January 16

  • WHEN: Monday, January 15/Tuesday January 16, 2007 | On Sale at 0:00

As much as I won't be going to California for the US events, the extent to which I won't be going to Europe is even greater. What about you guys? Any of these convenient for you?

[via Kotaku]

Filed under: Events, Blizzard, News items, Expansions, The Burning Crusade

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