WoW.com and MMO Champion broke the news this morning that there is a rumored release date set for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm of November 2. Players have been waiting with bated breath for the release date of Blizzard’s next expansion in the World of Warcraft franchise, and although this date is only a rumor, in my opinion it makes perfect sense. With the current beta progression, and the state of the Public Test Realms, there is no reason why November 2 couldn’t be the big day.

Even if this rumored date happens to be correct, Blizzard has been known to push back releases preferring quality over a timely release. However we don’t know if the date is correct or not. Last week, the landscape in the beta took a big shift, which tends to lay credence to November 2 rumor. New high quality textures, the level cap raised to 85, new race introductions, as well as a substantial number of big bugs squashed. There were also new features added, additional Worgen customizations (though female Worgen are still broken), and some Goblin tweaks (like their mount). It almost feels like a beta reboot, and these changes bring the game to a more polished state that looks and feels substantially closer to release than before.

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The public test realm (PTR) also went live with patch 4.0.1, and the fact that 4.0 is the Cataclysm patch, I think this is a rather significant sign. The PTR has a number of new and exciting changes from Cataclysm for players to test, and the official patch notes have just some of the changes:

  • Many class talents, spells, and abilities have been overhauled, added, or removed.
  • All spell and ability tooltips will now display damage averages rather than minimum and maximum damage potential. This feature is on by default but can be changed via the Display settings under User Interface options.
  • Ammo has been removed from the game.
  • The character levels at which classes gain new spells and abilities have changed.
  • Many item and class stats have been changed or removed.
  • Rage has been normalized.
  • Spells and abilities no longer have multiple ranks and now scale with character level.
  • Talent trees have been altered. All player talent specializations have been reset, allowing for free re-specialization.

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Even with all these changes, and all the stars aligning, Blizzard has not yet issued an official release date. I wonder if it is a case of squashing a few more bugs before going gold and announcing a date, or perhaps they are waiting for Blizzcon (October 22 & 23) to make an official announcement. That certainly wouldn’t surprise me, I mean what a perfect venue for a World of Warcraft announcement such as this.

One thing we know for sure, is that Mike Morhaime, President of Blizzard Entertainment, has said previously:

“We are on track to launch the expansion by the end of the year. As with all Blizzard games though, we won’t release until it’s ready.”

So do you think November 2 could be the big day? Have you tried the beta, or the PTR changes? What do you think about it? Will this expansion bring you back into the World of Warcraft fold if you left? Let us know!

Source: WoW.com, MMO Champion

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