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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Beta Is Totally Nigh

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Blizzard isn't putting a hard date on the third major expansion to its popular online role-playing game, but the Cataclysm add-on for World of Warcraft is on the verge of going beta. Blizzard is now sending out beta opt-in invites to press.

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The WoW developer is "starting to gear up for the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta," accepting sign ups for the early look at the expansion until April 15 for members of the media. April 15 is not the actual date the beta would go live, we should note, as Blizzard does "not currently have a date to announce for the start of the beta test."

It's been a long time since we've had a chance to go hands-on with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, but it appears we'll get a fresh look at the expansion's major changes and be able to share our thoughts with you about them soon.

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Please note that this round of beta invites appears to be for press only. We're sure that Blizzard will make a more formal public announcement when the Cataclysm beta goes wide. Until then, be cautious of any e-mail promising beta access to the World of Warcraft add-on.

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fauxbravo
Faux Bravo

Pretty cool that it will be going into beta in the near(ish) future. I'm looking forward to this expansion (though I'm not currently playing).

I've never been into trying to get in a beta. I don't really want to have to do everything I did in the beta again. Maybe for other game types, but not an MMO. I only have one 80 and I've been playing since the day the game launched. I'm not big into redoing things. This isn't to say I don't have alts, but I never stick with them long enough to max them. I feel like I would want to stop once the beta ended because I would have nothing to show for it.

Just my thoughts. Can't wait to see first impressions though.