Download WoW: Cataclysm Ahead of Launch

Opening ceremonies at BlizzCon 2010 just wrapped up with a couple of cool announcements. The less dazzling one still should give World of Warcraft players some relief: you can preorder and download the next expansion pack, Cataclysm, ahead of its Dec. 7 launch.

Blizzard did the same thing with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and it was pretty helpful for those of us who wanted to be ready to go fill zerglings with rifle bullets right at midnight of launch day.

That principle is at work here. You won’t be able to play Cataclysm before it launches at midnight Pacific time on Dec. 7, but you can get the massive download out of the way anytime by preordering the game through Blizzard. Then, when the clock strikes midnight (or 3 a.m. if you’re a sad East Coaster), you can immediately go start romping around the expansion — no waiting.

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