4.7 Mil Sold in One Month

You knew this was coming.

Blizzard claims World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold-through a record 4.7 million copies during the expansion’s first month of availability.

While we can’t verify those numbers independently, Blizzard says they’re based on internal company records and information from distribution partners.

Cataclysm, the third expansion to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft online roleplaying game, shipped in early December to dozens of countries and was available in advance of retail copies for online, download-exclusive purchase.

Though not specified in the presser, I’m assuming Blizzard counts pre-sales as well as “day-of” sales. Those of us who purchased and downloaded the essential game code weeks in advance are presumably umbrellaed in that 4.7 million figure.

Blizzard also cited previously released day one sales of 3.3 million copies and called Cataclysm “the fastest-selling PC game of all time.” Contrast with World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, which sold a then-record 2.8 million copies during its initial 24 hours.

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Warcraft For Newbies!

To help new and old players alike, the guys at Game Hunters spoke with J. Allen Brack, the production director of the game, to get some tips on how to make the Cataclysm experience a little more enjoyable.

Newbies will find that now’s a great time to start playing since the level 1-60 game has been completely revamped and contains a new tutorial system.

When you first log in as a level-80 character, head to Stormwind (Alliance) or Orgrimmar (Horde) and find the Hero’s Call Board or Warchief’s Command Board to begin your quests into Vashj’ir or Mount Hyjal.

Many of the classes have been rebalanced and retuned. If you’ve played previously, you’ll want to be sure to spend your talent points and assign glyphs.

Goblin and Worgen are now available to play! If you start a Worgen or Goblin, you’ll find one-stop-shop trainers who can teach you any of the primary professions.

Click on the magnifying glass on your minimap to select options that will direct you to common services like mailboxes or banks as you get close them.

You can fly in Azeroth now so be sure to pick up your new Flight Master’s License at your local Flight Trainer.

Almost all the existing races have gained access to a new class, including dwarf mage, human hunter, troll druid, blood elf warrior, and tauren paladin, opening up new options to help make the leveling process feel fresh again.

There’s a ton of information at the new community site, which also has a search engine that can help you find the info you need when you need it. Logging in to your account unlocks a variety of new features, including character, guild, and event information. You can also click the ‘Home’ tab to find free demos of WoW: Cataclysm and Starcraft. Players with an artistic flair might also be interested in the Weaponsmithing Fan Art Contest.

Blizzard is making it easier than ever to start your WoW adventure, so take advantage of all the goodies the site has to offer.

Via BSC Kids

All-Time Record For Brand Warcraft

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Sells Record 3.3 Million in 24 Hours

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Sells Record 3.3 Million in 24 Hours

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion sold-through 3.3 million units during its initial 24 hour in the wild, the company revealed today.

The figure includes digital pre-sales and comes from “internal company records” and reports from “key distribution partners.”

Calling it a new “milestone,” Blizzard said the third expansion to its massively popular World of Warcraft online roleplaying game topped Wrath of the Lich King’s November 2008 unit sales of over 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours.

Wrath of the Lich King held its sales record against subsequent high-profile contenders like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, though when you include day-one sales of those two games across all platforms, they easily surpass Cataclysm’s.

Cataclysm launched simultaneously in nine countries on December 7 and added Korea, regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau two days later. Blizzard said over 10,000 stores worldwide made the game available at midnight, and that some 15,000 players attended official launch events hosted by Blizzard and several of its retail partners around the globe.

The expansion’s 3.3 million unit 24-hour take topped StarCraft II’s 1.5 million in July.

GameStop senior vice president Bob McKenzie said both games’ sales made for “a record year for Blizzard” at GameStop.

Prior to Cataclysm’s launch, Blizzard claimed over 12 million active worldwide players, making it the biggest subscription-based MMO on the planet.

Via PC World

Cataclysm Soundtracks

There’s absolutely nothing like the sweeping vistas of an orchestral soundtrack to help you slip the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of Azeroth in all its epic glory. One of the composers behind World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s in-game soundtrack, David Arkenstone, took time not only leading up to expansion’s launch but again after last night’s game launch concert in Fountain Valley, California, to chat exclusively with WoW Insider about painting a new sonic palette for Azeroth.

Arkenstone is one of a team of Cataclysm composers headed by Blizzard’s Audio Director Russell Brower that tackled a whopping eight hours of new music for the expansion — about the same amount of music as was added with Wrath of the Lich King expansion, bringing World of Warcraft’s musical tally to something like 36 hours of in-game music. “I think it’s exciting for a player to get all this new content at one time,” Arkenstone says enthusiastically. “When you have all this music spread out across the word, composers, meshing … It’s hours and hours of music.”

Via Joystiq.com

Cataclysm music- Mount Hyjal

Cataclysm music- Grimtotem

Cataclysm music- Nordrassil

Cataclysm music- Pirates’ Surrender

The Azeroth, It Is A-changin’

As Bob Dylan once said, “The Azeroth, it is a-changin”… Or something to that effect.

Blizzard has promised that Cataclysm will be the biggest expansion in World of Warcraft’s history, radically altering the landscapes and major cities, many of which have been relatively untouched since the MMO’s arrival over six years ago. We’re not talking a few new NPCs here and a new hut there – huge fissures have torn the Barrens apart and other zone are now almost totally submerged.

Why bother gussying up these old areas? Well, you’ll need to grind through them again if you want to level up your new Goblin or Worgen (humanoid werewolves) avatar. These two new races are one of Cataclysm’s biggest draws, and both of them come with new home territories, racial skills and abilities. As with every World of Warcraft expansion, expect new raids, quests and items, as well as a streamlined Guild interface and upgraded class builds/specs.

Via Games Radar

Check out the Cataclysm TV ad:

 

The Goblins of Kezan

Originally the slaves of jungle trolls on the Isle of Kezan, the goblin race was forced to mine kaja’mite ore out of the volcanic bowels of Mount Kajaro.

The trolls used this potent mineral for their voodoo rituals, but it had an unexpected effect on the slaves who were in constant contact with it: kaja’mite generated a startling new cunning and intelligence in the goblins. Crafting their own powerful artifacts of engineering and alchemy in secret, the goblins soon overthrew their oppressors and claimed Kezan for their homeland. The mines that had been their prison, their slave camp, and the base of their rebellion now became the city of Undermine. Weaving through the heart of the island in a dizzying network of tunnels, vaults, and lava tubes, Undermine epitomizes the goblins’ complex, unpredictable mindset.

The goblins’ natural greed soon lifted them to prominence as masters of mercantilism. Trade princes arose during the First War as the cleverest goblins learned to take advantage of the strife. Great fortunes were amassed, and the Isle of Kezan became a hub for fleets of goblin trading ships. One of the trade princes agreed to lend his faction’s services to the Horde in the Second War. Following the Horde’s defeat, the goblins learned from their colleague’s failed example, and soon they realized that their profits could double if they weren’t stuck in such a restrictive relationship. By the end of the Third War, goblins were providing weaponry, vehicles, and devious services to both the Horde and the Alliance. This wouldn’t last forever…

Recently, the goblins of Kezan have found a new enemy in the Alliance – unexpected and unprofitable encounters with this faction have driven certain trade princes from their comfortable neutrality.  Reforging old pacts with their one-time allies, the goblins have been welcomed into the Horde with open arms.

Via Blizzard, Cataclysm website

World of Warcraft Cataclysm’s December Release Date

Yep, It's December! Blizzard finally confirmed the release date for World of Warcraft *Cataclysm*-- slated for 7th of December this year.

Overnight Blizzard Entertainment confirmed rumours that the third World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, would be released on the 7th of December this year. As usual the game will be available as a $59.95 Standard version and a $109.95 Collectors Edition from retail stores. It will also be available digitally, using a new streaming version of the game client that Blizzard is currently testing.

Unlike previous expansions, which focused on adding new high level content to the game, Cataclysm changes World of Warcraft at all levels. It introduces two new races, Goblins for Horde and the Lycanthropic Worgen for Alliance. But more than this, the character leveling experience for all of the games races has been improved, and new mixes of races and classes like Dwarf Shaman and Tauren Paladins have been added.

High level characters haven’t been neglected however, with five new levels to attain and a host of new dungeons and raids to adventure through. There is also a new secondary profession called Archeology, which gives players the chance to not only learn about the history of Azeroth, but also gives them a chance to discover unique items like mounts and pets.

Via PC Authority