World of Warcraft: Cataclysm closed beta begins

Blizzard now dispatching invitations for an early look at WOW's third expansion, due out later this year.

Earlier this week director Sam Raimi spoke at length about the upcoming World of Warcraft film adaptation. But for those who would rather play than watch, Blizzard today began sending out invitations to try the massively multiplayer role-playing game's upcoming expansion, Cataclysm.

The action starts today.

Selected individuals who opted in to playtest the add-on via their Battle.net accounts are now receiving invitations, and Blizzard says it will add more week by week. Those interested in getting in on the action can create a beta profile on their Beta Profile Settings on Battle.net and hope for the best.

Blizzard says beta testers can help shape the final product by providing feedback to the studio in the form of reporting bugs, commenting on balance issues, and contributing other constructive feedback.

Cataclysm is World of Warcraft's third expansion, following 2007's The Burning Crusade and the following year's Wrath of the Lich King. The new add-on, available both as a boxed retail product and as a download, is due out by the end of 2010. It brings new zones, ups the level cap to 85, and adds the Goblin and Worgen races to the popular MMORPG.

In other Blizzard news, WOW lead designer Tom Chilton hinted at the possibility of the game becoming free-to-play, though he said no immediate plans are in motion. For more on the expansion, check out GameSpot's preview and a fly-through video of the game's newly reshaped zones (embedded below).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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BlazeEagle
BlazeEagle

Haters need to stop polluting the forums with asinine, hateful comments. It’ll lighten up your alls karma, peace. WOW offers a lot for different types of play styles. That’s a big benefit of it. Another benefit is it doesn’t require a monster computer rig to run it. WOW At first glance seems graphically inferior to other games, But it has graphical touches all over that give it soul & substance over empty flashiness.

KevColds
KevColds

how come its all about what blizz should do and shouldnt do? I promise u Tentaculat or any of you others, if blizz actually decided to do as you wanted, you wouldnt be happy. Youd find something else to complain about;) So why not let them do their job, and you do yours. Just a suggestion. And to you nostalgics out there. You sound like 80 year olds complaining how everything was better in your youths. LEt me give you some advice. It wont never be like that again, when you first played WoW. Because its all in you mind. It has nothing to do with the changes in WoWs playstyle or format or whatever. It was your desicion so deal with it ;) pluss theres prolly 100 starting playing for every one of you quitting so it would seem like blizz is doing sommething right. Peace & Love

Tentaculat
Tentaculat

They should actually finish Azeroth before destroying it. Tons of places with almost nothing on them and tons of areas that can't be accessed.

Abberon
Abberon

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fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Anyone wanna buy a World Of Warcraft battle chest (OG Game+BC) and a lich king box ?? I spent $90 for them a few months ago and i regret every penny.. I've played many MMO's but i've played none quite as easy as WoW.. I guess i'am just a fan of world pvp, and not having half my experience by instanced, especially not my pvp lol.. Anyways i paid $90 for the set i'am willing to sale them for $50 or so lol.. I wish i could sale the 60 day gamecard i bought too but unfortuantley i cant.. For those of u that like WoW and are looking forward to cataclysm then more power too you.. I just really wish i couldve played WoW when it first came out and experienced it in all it's glory.

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

one thign i hate is that they had to butcher some epic scenery in azeroth, plus introducing flying mounts to azeroth, which we all know killed world pvp.If anything flying mounts will also take away the epic feeling the old azeroth had.They won't change a thing about the above sadly.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

Long as they don't touch my Molten Core I'll be okay... they go near it and there will be hell to pay.

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

@Fusco1980 @Gelugon_baat Take a joke.

Dizzy1976
Dizzy1976

Blizz has the right idea to freshen up the classic areas.... new stuf CAN happen in old places. If only they realized that before the 1st expansion came out...didn't have to wait this long :)

edant79
edant79

lmao The comments on these WOW articles are a laugh ah minute, I swear.

darzentas
darzentas

@Reluther im playing genjuros and Th'hamer H/A.i have dudu 80.rogue 80,tankadin 80.. i miss dudu i miss my healer...anyway i hope soon for diablo..atm lets play dota all stars and league of legends ...

Reluther
Reluther

@darzentas Dronel - Stormscale EU 80 Retri Paladin , Alsas - The Sha'tar EU Death Knight..I think Diablo will be bomb like Warhammer 40k Online..

darzentas
darzentas

@Reluther btw server? i didnt say i dont like wow but is old...but blizz now better than us.. im w8ing for upcoming diablo3

Reluther
Reluther

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vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Ah, the maturity of WoW players is absolutely frightening sometimes.

darzentas
darzentas

@davor_25 @Reluther Isnt sucks....is just old graphics...blizz must create one new game with new thinks.

davor_25
davor_25

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Reluther
Reluther

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Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

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JofuInSpace
JofuInSpace

I will always and forever love Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. It will never be like Vanilla WoW for me ever again. I've tried going back numerous times, each time leaving very disappointed in what the game has become. This is just a personal opinion. I'd really like to live out the nostalgia again, but it's just not there. I don't plan on going back.

panospcm
panospcm

I think this new EXP will attract older (or the oldest) players as they now have the chance to travel in the places they used to but experience them differently, for they are drastically altered. A pretty genuine idea from Blizzard.

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

The only reason people dog WoW is due to the fact it's the most popular MMORPG out there. Also for being a 5 year old game the graphics have done well. I do agree, Blizzard does need a new MMO franchise. Maybe even a whole new universe.

Anicsin
Anicsin

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darzentas
darzentas

@ Wedge_55 some people they dont have life for playing wow... wow graphics is old beter for somthink new.. and u have +1 from me for ((If people enjoy a game, let them play it and mind your own business.)) ik wow is the best game ever...but they have to create one new game like wow with beter graphics,new spells,new ideas..ill not play in 85..atm wow is to easy for everyone and everyone has starting gear..anyway..have fun playing any game!

runstalker
runstalker

trastamad03 Posted Jul 1, 2010 1:26 pm PT "He's an FF fanboy/emo, what do you expect?" So to clarify, because I stated the release date for FFXIV this constitutes being labeled a "FF fanboy/emo"? How interesting. If you see in my post, I also mention the release windows for GW 2 and TOR. I suppose this qualifies me to be a GW emofan or Old Republic emofan as well. Idiocy. Don't make shallow inferences fueled by your own fanish defensiveness. Besides--all three of the aforementioned games look promising in different ways, most would agree.

simo98088
simo98088

Theres no point to go out of Northrend.. But the remake of old world you will want to explore it, this will bring some more of the adventure side back into the game, which for me has been lacking.

nofear56
nofear56

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Phooey442
Phooey442

kinda sad to see classic change but imo its going to be for the better....should be fun

trastamad03
trastamad03

@ Wedge_55 He's an FF fanboy/emo, what do you expect? On topic, can't wait for the release of Cata, should be fun :D

chris10218
chris10218

i have finally got rid of the addiction which took over my life and now its bringing out an expansion pack gr8

Wedge55
Wedge55

@ runstalker The old adage applies here: don't count your chickens before they hatch. There's a reason that WoW has lasted so long, because MMOs are incredibly difficult to develop, and very few designers have the vision to pull it off. Blizzard also understands things that other studios do not, such as the huge benefit of hiring from within the community. Besides, who are you to tell others to move on? If people enjoy a game, let them play it and mind your own business.

runstalker
runstalker

Sorry, a gamer only has so many hours in a day. And WoW has enjoyed close to 6 years in the sunshine. Accolades and success aplenty, it's now time for people to move on. We have FFXIV on September 30th for fall and winter, and then it's Guild Wars 2 beta from December to early spring release. To carry us into The Old Republic. Crucially - you can't and must not, for the sake of sanity and variety, play only one MMO .

KungfuKitten
KungfuKitten

I know it's a HUMONGOUS world they try to redesign, and that the artstyIe won't allow it.... but iam not very impressed by its looks after playing Age of Conan... So it gives me little incentive to head back to WoW or so. Sure the fans are drooling though.

Airek49
Airek49

@2bitSmOkEy What a crazy idea... a company doing things specifically to make money. Wat?

darzentas
darzentas

cra*** cra*** ....stop playing wow...beter play tetris

Marzillius
Marzillius

Cataclysm... I hate it. It will remove the last trace of World PvP (which is basically dead anyway), my favourite feature in WoW. Bloody flying mounts. DAMN THEM!!!

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

FFXIV September 30th, probably won't be playing this one.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

oh sht its coming better go visit again azeroth and the rest , on private server tough

DragonRift
DragonRift

@darzentas Yeah.... Quit catering to a game that's drowning them in profits from over 10 million subscribers each month.... You'd make a great financial adviser, sir. -_-

Strider_91
Strider_91

Can't wait, love the game and anything new is just a plus for me.. :)

darzentas
darzentas

CR@P.....stop wow create one new game..

Elv0
Elv0

Did stormwind just turn into the Walt Disney castle??:P

jazilla
jazilla

Acti-Blizz should put on a Summer Concert Festival in honor of this called: GrindFest 2010.