As I’m sure a lot of people heard during/after Blizzcon this year we will be able to pre-purchase an upgrade to Cataclysm from Blizzard directly. For me, who lives out in nowhere with no local store, this is great news. No more having to rely on an online store to ship my game in time, all I have to do is order it online and download it, and I’ll be able to play one minute past midnight on launch day.
I’ve already placed my order today as the service became available. The only thing that may be a bit annoying for some compared to buying the game on release is the fact that you pay for it today (or the day you do the online purchase) rather than on December 7th. However, the way I see it – I’d have to pay the price anyway so the date doesn’t matter so much.
To get it, all you need to do is logon to your battle.net account and where your WoW games are listed you will now see the little green arrow button that means it’s a game that can be upgraded. Clicking on it will take you through to purchase Cataclysm. If you have more than one WoW account though, make sure you pick the correct one! Also, it doesn’t look like you can upgrade more than one at a time, so if you’re planning to upgrade all of your accounts you will have to do them one by one.
Once the payment is done, all you need to do is log back in to the game and after that the upgrade will be registered and you will start downloading the data. It’s pretty much like normal patch data, downloading in the background when you’re either in-game or in the launcher. Everything should easily be downloaded by December 7th, and as the clock strikes midnight (or rather a minute past!) you can logon and start playing.
As I’ve said, I already put my order in – since I don’t want to wait for the mail delivery guy in the afternoon of the 7th! What about you guys? Are you going to a local store to pick the game up at midnight, are you ordering it from an online store or are you – like me – trying the new download feature?