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Blizzcon kicked off to a blast, with thousands of Blizzard-ites filing in to view the festivities on all their favorite games, such as the upcoming Starcraft II and Diablo III releases.  While some of the more popular news revolved around the inclusion of the Monk class in Diablo III, which has a lot of character and fighting similarities to anime characters in Dragonball Z, all of that news was overshadowed by Blizzard’s two-ton Gorilla.

World of Warcraft.

Cataclysm, the new expansion pack slated for release of the growing massively multi-player online game, takes the world of Azeroth, the shattered Outlands and the distant continent of Northrend and adds yet another layer to the cake:  Deathwing, the black dragon of Warcraft lore that sought dominance over all the other dragon races and was chased into exile by the red dragon queen Alexstrazsa, makes his return in the latest expansion, being the key villain for players to defeat, as Illidan Stormrage and the Lich King Arthas before him.

Along with Deathwing, several other changes to the game have been made, from the inclusion of two new races, Worgen for the Alliance and Goblins for the Horde.  Several other races have also received increases in the class types they can play, such as the ‘shortly anticipated’ Gnome Priest and Blood Elf Warrior.  Other additions include guild achievements and rank, new battlegrounds, new PVP progression and archeology as a profession.

As every expansion before it, Blizzard will probably capitalize and make a ton of money selling a rehashed product with new sparkly packaging in order to retain its slowly eroding player base.  The game is on the decline and this may be the last expansion we see for the game, but Blizzard is a company that does not settle for mediocrity, so gamers can rejoice; it will be a quality product.

Rob @ August 23, 2009

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