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BlizzCon Keynote Address Reveals New Details on WoW: Cataclysm, Diablo III

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During its annual gaming expo known as BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment announced new details in regards to several upcoming titles, including the World of Warcraft expansion pack Cataclysm, new map releases for Starcraft II, and some emerging details for the currently unscheduled release for Diablo III.

Blizzard announced that players who pre-order digital copies of WoW: Cataclysm will be able to pre-load the game in advance and be able to play mere minutes after the game’s release at midnight on December 7th. (The bitching about slow server times will commence shortly after the game’s digital release as well). Cataclysm will be the third expansion pack released for WoW and first in two years and is expected to boost membership above its already current base of 12 million. So when December rolls around and you suffer an internal struggle over whether to return to Azeroth before caving to the allure of creating a Worgen Priest, then yeah, you’ll just be one of many to return to the ever-addicting ranks of WoW.

In other news, Blizzard also announced four new map types to be released for Starcraft II - Auir Chief, Left 2 Die, StarJeweled and Blizzard DotA - that will be released for free in the coming months.

The company also revealed some additional details for Diablo III, which will feature ranked player vs. player arenas for teams and the fifth and final class, the Demon Hunter, which joins the ranks of the Barbarian, the Wizard, the Monk, and the Witch Doctor. There have been no additional details in regards to the game’s release date, though we hope to hear a bit more through the rest of the weekend at BlizzCon.