Another juicy morsel has dropped for fans impatiently waiting for the world of Azeroth to be reshaped in fire when World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launches in December. The game already caters to an obscene amount of of players, with many either coming to the franchise for the first time in the lead-up to Cataclysm, or returning after years spent absent. So with millions already having the date circled on their calendars, Blizzard‘s game-changing MMO has once again become the talk of the town almost 6 years after it first launched.

As with any popular franchise for hardcore gamers, the best have gotten even better over the years, so newcomers to the franchise (myself included) have until now been unable to experience the best aspects of the game. Since Blizzard has made it their goal to constantly update and expand the game with numerous patches, it seems that with Cataclysm they are both literally and figuratively starting the world anew.

With the rise of an ancient evil, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing spread his destructive powers across the entire world of Azeroth, reshaping continents and environments. The result: the world that players have spent the last 5 years getting used to will now be completely and utterly transformed.

We won’t keep you waiting any longer, take a look at how Blizzard envisions the catastrophe with Cataclysm‘s opening cinematic:

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If there was still any doubt left that Blizzard knows how to put together a cinematically beautiful story trailer, this should put it to rest. Some might even say that their cinematics could warrant a movie themselves. The epic scope of the opening will do a great deal in preparing players for the changes that they will see when entering the new world of Azeroth, and perfectly places the technical revamping within the greater story.

If you haven’t already begun getting the most out of the remaining time before Cataclysm, you should definitely check out our list of tasks to complete before it hits. Or for those of you who have yet to step into the game that has become synonymous with the phrase MMORPG, perhaps the game opening conjuring images of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings will convince you that this game is no fad.

I spent a few brief weeks with WoW before it became painfully clear that a more powerful computer was needed before I could continue. By the time I had the system to run the game, I like many of you found that the greater community had left me in the dust. Hopefully Cataclysm will do what I had thought impossible, and place everyone back on an even playing field. I already had my interest piqued with the mention of Plants vs Zombies being a playable quest, but if this opening is a first sign of things to come, Blizzard may have me convinced.

Now I just need to decide if I’ll be investing in the Collector’s Edition. As it stands, I just might see you in the old-but-new world of Azeroth when World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launches December 7th, 2010 for PC and Mac.

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