Blizzard has just opened up pre-orders on Battle.Net for Cataclysm, the next expansion of the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. Those who pre-order the game will have their current WoW account upgraded immediately and will be eligible to pre-load data for the expansion as soon as it becomes available. They will also be able to enjoy all the new content immediately at 12:01 AM on December 7, when the game officially launches. However, those who pre-order from Battle.Net directly will not receive a physical copy of the game, nor will they have the option of purchasing the Collector’s Edition of Cataclysm.
Here is the official FAQ from Blizzard regarding the pre-order process:
When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?
You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
Why do I need to log into the game once after I’ve upgraded?
The first time you log in after preordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it’s available. The data will download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.
Can I pre-order physical copies of Cataclysm and have it shipped?
Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector’s Editions.
In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?
The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:
Americas, Australia and South East Asia – December 7th at 12:01 AM PST
Europe and Russia – December 7th at 12:01 AM CET
Will a digital version of the Collector’s Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?
No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition.