World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launches On Pacific Time

East Coast World of Warcraft players fondly remember previous expansion pack launches when they could start playing three hours ahead of the West Coast. Blizzard evens the playing field when the Cataclysm expansion launches on December 7 at 12.01am Pacific (4.01pm AEDT).

Blizzard clarified the launch time for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm today in a statement that clarifies several bits of information about the upcoming expansion pack. With the availability of Cataclysm as on online purchase, a first in World of Warcraft expansion history, Blizzard is redoing the way it launches expansions. Instead of having East Coast servers up at 12am Eastern and West Coast servers up at 12am Pacific, the whole shebang goes up according to Pacific time.

The official times are as follows:

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

This means that fans attending midnight launch events on the East Coast can take a nice little nap before rolling Worgen and Goblins when the expansion goes live.

Blizzard also took the opportunity to clarify the availability of cinematic movies via direct download. Prior to Cataclysm's release, Blizzard will patch the expansion's opening cinematic to players. All other cinematics (including Wrathgate) will be available for download via the game's patcher as well.

Looks like I get a nice little nap come December 7. Thanks Blizzard!


    My mates and I had a pre-launch party before getting in our cars and heading to get WotLK, then getting home at midnight to play it, this kind of ruins the magic of a midnight release...
    A sad panda indeed...

    I don't get why Blizzard said it was 6PM our time on the 7th. Is there any point to a midnight launch now?

    Oh thats bulls**t. I was planning an all nighter too. Guess I'll go to the midnight and then go to bed because it's pointless staying up till 3am to start playing when I get up at 8am anyway.

    I still think there is. It's an excuse to catch up with Guildies in RL while we wait in line. Other than that I guess it's an extra couple of hours to get everything in check, say goodbye to your loved ones and tie up any loose ends before you crack out till 85

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