You can now pre-order the Cataclysm digital download
and Blizzard has released a relevant FAQ
. As Mike Morhaime announced at BlizzCon
, it is possible to pre-order and download the expansion prior to release and therefore be able to play immediately after launch, servers permitting. Logging into the game after pre-ordering will set your account up to start background downloading Cataclysm
data as soon as it is available. Unfortunately, while you may pre-order the physical collector's edition from non-Blizzard sources, the only digital download option is the standard version.
So it looks like I'll be installing my collector's edition while digital download people are dealing with rolling restarts and emergency maintenance
. Oh yes, I went there
The full Cataclysm
digital pre-sale FAQ is after the break.
Q. When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?
A. You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
Q. Why do I need to log in to the game once after I've upgraded?
A. The first time you log in after pre-ordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it's available. The data will automatically download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.
Q. Can I pre-order a physical copy of Cataclysm and have it shipped?
A. Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector's Editions.
Q. In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?
A. The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:
Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. PST
Europe and Russia - December 7 at 12:01 a.m. CET
Q. Will a digital version of the Collector's Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?
A. No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition.