Europeans Get Early Access To Cataclysm
Ha, take that, Yanks! After years of being treated like the red-headed step children of the MMORPG family, something has finally swung in favour of us Euros. Turns out official release times for Cataclysm are as follows:
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
So, basically, if you’re a European you will be able to start playing Cataclysm at 12:01am CET, a full nine hours before our American counterparts. Yippee! I know nine hours doesn’t sound like much but after years of suffering at the hands of delayed launches (don’t forget WoW launched in the EU a full three months after the US), delayed patches (anyone else remember DAOC and the days of having to wait months for an update?), delayed F2P versions (*cough* LOTRO *cough*), dodgy lag and general poor quality customer service (GOA, I’m looking at you), it’s nice to finally be treated fair and square. And hey, if our December 7th happens to occur a few ours before yours, well, that’s just a little side effect advantage.
But the best thing of all? I’m a Brit and seeing as how we invented time, I get to start playing Cataclysm at 11:01pm GMT on December 6th. Perfect for me as (server up-time assumed), I’ll be able to sneak in a quick game before I go to bed. Ah, that digital download purchase is starting to become a better decision all the time especially considering that Scotland is in the midst of an Arctic like Winter. Nope, I don’t fancy queuing up outside a store front for a midnight launch in this weather or waiting tentatively at the door hoping the post hasn’t been cancelled.
Now I just pity the poor Aussies who have to wait until their 10am local time before they can get started. Oh well, that’ll teach ‘em for choosing independence over the Empire…