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WoW: Cataclysm launches worldwide – CE gets unboxed, Blizzard talks about next expansion

Tuesday, 7th December 2010 07:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Cataclysm, launched worldwide last night following massive launch parties around the world, including in Leicester Square in London.

Didn’t line up for a Collector’s Edition, though? Hit the break for it being unboxed.

PC Gamer’s done the deed. If you’re picking up a CE this morning at a store, this is what you’re going to be getting.

  • Art of the Cataclysm artbook
  • Exclusive in-game pet
  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD
  • Soundtrack
  • Special Edition Deathwing mousepad
  • Starter pack for World of Warcraft Trading Card game

Watch it below, via Evil Avatar.

Next expansion set to add new land, says Blizzard

While Cataclysm is set to rewrite the shape of Azeroth, WoW’s next expansion may just open up some new land.

It’s not the first time Blizzard has openly mentioned a fourth expansion, but ears will still have pricked up.

I think the next expansion will be something more like a new continent approach. More like the Burning Crusade or Nothrend, where we send players somewhere new that they haven’t seen before,” the company’s systems designer, Greg Street, told CVG.

I think the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are good now, we won’t have to mess with them. There might be some small areas that may require polish or changing if things still don’t feel quite right.”

Cataclysm’s out today.

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  1. Erthazus

    Next step is emerald world and i don’t like where they are going right now.

    To me the best way for now is releasing Warcraft 4 and adding new story because as much as i love World Of warcraft setting, i hate what they did with it’s story.

    Basically they reached what they could do with it’s story. Now they are messing with it how they can to make the next step with RAID material.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    When Cataclysm launched they started to examine Warcraft II games story. We are now BACK to the past basically.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    I know there is a so called hardcore group out there that would strongly disagree with me, but I don’t think the story matters all that much with a game like this to most people.

    I think setting > story for this game.

    I think people like the idea that they are part of a big world with deep roots and lots of lore, but only if it doesn’t get in the way of the gameplay experience.

    Most players are just in it for the end game. They aren’t thinking about what boss is connected to what story line. Or give too much thought to why Wintergrasp came about or why they are fighting. They will just keep plugging away grinding it out in Raids and BattleGrounds, endlessly looking for new gear.

    Besides no matter what story line Blizzard comes up with it is going to become more and more worn out and tired each time you bring a new toon through it. And most folks will continue to Click-Click-Click there way through the qsts and story, using either the ind game qst assists or an addon to get to the next qst/level.

    It just is what it is.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    I totally agree OG, but that’s also because Warcrafts story sucks.

    I’ve loved every Warcraft game that came out, but Warcrafts stories would never work outside of those games.

    The fans make it work by playing along and they love it (just as Justin Biebers fans don’t think he’s a prepubescent twitface) but ultimately it’s just mindblowingly cheap pulp fiction in a fantasy setting.

    I like the lore because it works within the confines of the game, and Warcraft 3 is one of the few games where I actually gave a shit about advancing the story more than honing my skills at the game, but ultimately that’s down to the fact that it plays on so many tried and true clich├ęs.

    I would also argue that Blizzard hasn’t progressed very far on the quest design. There were some great ones along the way, but ultimately 10 rats is still the standard. It’s not like they’re trying to draw you in.

    #4 4 years ago