World of warcraft: Cataclysm Edit

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is the upcoming third expansion set for the Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, following World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King . It was officially announced at BlizzCon on August 21, 2009; however details were discovered earlier.

Much content is expected for release in the new expansion including two new races, Goblins for the Horde and Worgen for the Alliance, revamped zones, new quests and dungeons, new raids and newly accessible areas.

In a February 2010 Activision Blizzard investor call, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime revealed that Cataclysm would be released in that same calendar year.

On May 3, 2010, it was officially confirmed that the Family & Friends Alpha phase of the testing process for Cataclysm had begun, fuelling further speculation that the open alpha would commence within the coming months. Despite the Non-disclosure agreement, much of the beginnings of the game were leaked on to various sources after the client was distributed across the internet within a few days of the alpha testing phase commencing. On May 11, 2010, it emerged that Blizzard had requested that at least one of these sites remove any alpha content until the NDA is lifted.


The central plot of the expansion is the return of the evil dragon Deathwing the Destroyer. Last seen in Warcraft II, Deathwing has spent that time licking his wounds, so to speak, and plotting his fiery return from the elemental plane of Deepholm. His return tears through the dimensional barrier with Azeroth, causing a sweeping Cataclysm that reshapes much of the world's surface.