‘WoW’ expansion ‘Cataclysm’ announced

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cataclysm1Our sister publication, The Orange County Register’s Blizzard Blog, reports from BlizzCon on the announcement World of Warcraft fans have been waiting for: The next expansion for the MMORPG will be titled “Cataclysm.”

And the fantasy world will never be the same.

Watch the trailer here.

The premise — while the war against the Lich King grinds on, Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms will be “torn asunder” as an ancient evil awakens.

Goblins are driven out of the South Seas, where they are joined by the Horde. Gilneas’ Greymane Wall is shattered, allowing the worgen to run free, where they team up with the Alliance against the Forsaken.

That’s right. Horde goblins. Alliance worgen.

Level cap goes to 85, Archaeology will be a new second tradeskill, guild leveling will be added, a new character progression — “The Path of the Titans” — and the return of Deathwing, the black dragon aspect.

Earlier, Blizzard execs unveiled a new class concept for the upcoming Diablo III: The monk.

The Blizzard Blog crew also has posted a gallery of scenes from the convention floor at the Anaheim Convention Center. Head on over to gaming.freedomblogging.com and check ’em out.

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