Blizzard showcases Cataclysm at BlizzCon ’09

Anaheim (CA) – Blizzard Entertainment kicked off BlizzCon 2009 by showcasing its third World of Warcraft expansion. Cataclysm – which introduces two new playable races – is expected to bring “sweeping changes” to Azeroth.

“In addition to revitalizing some of the most familiar and iconic areas of the game world, this third World of Warcraft expansion will add new features and a large amount of new content for players to explore,” explained Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. “We’re excited to be offering a first glimpse of Cataclysm for attendees of BlizzCon, and we look forward to sharing more information with everyone as development progresses.”

According to Morhaime, Cataclysm will add a variety of new content and offer players the opportunity to rediscover Azeroth while experiencing the game from a different perspective.

Notable features include:

  • Two new playable races – Worgen (Alliance) and goblins (Horde).
  • Increased level cap – Advance to level 85, earn new abilities and customize characters.
  • Classic zones remade – Quest to level 60. Familiar zones across the original continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms have been reforged by the cataclysm and updated with additional quests as well as content.
  • Flying mounts – Explore Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms while airborne.
  • Guild advancement – Progress as a guild member.
  • New content – Explore Uldum, Grim Batol and the sunken city of Vashj’ir.
  • Archaeology – Master a secondary profession to unearth valuable artifacts and earn unique rewards.