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World of Warcraft Announces Cataclysm Classic Pre-Expansion Patch Launch for April 30

World of Warcraft Announces Cataclysm Classic Pre-Expansion Patch Launch for April 30

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the pre-expansion patch for Cataclysm Classic will be released on April 30, paving the way for the full launch of the Cataclysm Classic expansion on May 20, 2024, at 3:00 pm PDT. This update is set to introduce a series of changes and new features that will significantly alter the World of Warcraft landscape and gameplay experience.

The pre-expansion patch, known as the Shattering of Azeroth, will transform the game world, particularly affecting the landscapes of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. It includes the introduction of new player races, adjustments to race and class combinations, and updates to leveling, class talents, and abilities. Additionally, the patch will introduce new gameplay elements such as a profession, a gear modification feature, and a system for managing character appearance changes.

With the arrival of Cataclysm Classic, players will find themselves exploring new territories, tackling new dungeons and raids, and experiencing the game in new ways, including the ability to fly in previously grounded areas. The expansion aims to enhance player engagement through these additions and updates.

Furthermore, the transition to Cataclysm Classic will see the discontinuation or alteration of the availability of certain items and achievements, reflecting the changing game environment and mechanics. Notably, this includes changes to the acquisition of certain mounts and pets.

The shattering event will also impact quests and achievements, with some quests being removed or altered to fit the new game narrative and world structure. The approach to earning Loremaster achievements will be adjusted to accommodate these changes, aiming to streamline the process for players.