Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Test for World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
IRVINE, Calif. – June 30, 2010 – Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the closed beta test for Cataclysm™, its highly anticipated new expansion for World of Warcraft®, has begun. The company has started issuing invitations to participate in the testing process to a wide range of players from around the world who signed up via their® accounts. While enjoying an early look at the game, beta testers will provide valuable feedback to help Blizzard Entertainment find bugs, address balance issues, and polish the new content.

"Our focus with Cataclysm has been to build on the knowledge we've gained through the previous expansions to deliver the best, most compelling World of Warcraft content for our players to date," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Gathering focused feedback during the beta test will go a long way in helping us reach that goal when we launch Cataclysm later this year."

Cataclysm is the third expansion for World of Warcraft, the most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the world. The first two expansions, The Burning Crusade® and Wrath of the Lich King®, each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races -- worgen and goblins -- will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they'll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

For more information on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, please visit the official website at To set up a account and sign up for a chance to participate in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta test, please visit the official website at
This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Closed Beta Test started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Baobot's Avatar
    Really? It's true? Really? I mean really really?
  1. Queen Sylvanas Windrunner's Avatar

    I gave up hope two days ago and decided to quit WoW for awhile, good thing I looked at MMO-Champion just in time!
  1. Contri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chesha View Post
    I got all excited, because I read this, checked my email and there was an email from Blizzard.

    Unfortunately, while it was actually from Blizz and not somebody trying to scam me, it was a link to the Support Customer Satisfaction Survey because they rescued my account from hackers the other day.

    Gaaah. The suspense is going to kill me.

    Haha, good luck getting a beta invite after getting hacked few days ago... seriously they really want hackers in on their beta so they can start hording info about how too hack into cataclysm?

    Sigh some people.....
  1. anti-wow's Avatar
    My account was frozen a few days ago, now I can't have an invite, right?
  1. Fenz's Avatar
    Oh, it's on!
  1. linusivar's Avatar
    where do you see if you got an invite? i dont want to get scamed or something
  1. RumlyD's Avatar
  1. Nemean's Avatar
    god i hope i get an invite
  1. theun's Avatar
    Quick! Somebody let Garfield know!
  1. linusivar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by theun View Post
    Quick! Somebody let Garfield know!
    he already knows, he already knows..
  1. Buzzinjoe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Beéfheart View Post
    So Boubouille, did you confirm if people with WOW1 (PTR) are actually beta keys or not? The curiosity is killing me.
    You win this year's most dumbass question award.
  1. voltisfy's Avatar
    about time...
  1. Edwin VanCleef's Avatar
    Anyone know when open beta will be out?
  1. Deathstroke's Avatar
    nothing here yet. hopefully invites are still going out today.

    haven't seen many people in yet.
  1. Vampiricdemise's Avatar
    They said that they are pushing out invites today and probably for the next few days for the first wave of people that opted-in.

    Just a tip for people when you check your inbox for emails, don't get too giddy for seeing a or in the sender. The email can be a spoof email wanting your information to hack your account. Repeat >it can be a spoof mail<.

    This link is directly from the help forums in helping identifying the spoof/phishing mails.
  1. Deathstroke's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Blizzard View Post
    We're still in the process of selecting accounts and ensuring that they're properly flagged for beta access. We've not yet sent out any invitation emails, though. So, you may want to check your registered email address periodically during the next 24 hours to see if you've been invited to the Cataclysm beta, or simply keep an eye on the "Manage My Games" section of your Account Management page ( If you've been selected to participate, you'll definitely be notified in one of those two areas.

    Good luck!
    Just to clarify for all.
  1. skrodude's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
    Just to clarify for all.
    there is hope, afterall!
  1. Crosis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by anti-wow View Post
    My account was frozen a few days ago, now I can't have an invite, right?
    As far as i know its just like sc2 beta, u just need the requirements theyre looking for (comp specs) and a bnet account doesnt matter if you have 3 active wow accounts or just a wc3 account according to the blizz techs i talked to last night.

    Cause i personally quit wow back at ulduar, got into sc2 beta and im gonna come back to WoW in cata hopin they fix issues that bothered me (for the record i wasnt a casual just a worn out hardcore raider lol). And i asked them if i need an active wow account to get into cata beta and he said no but check with his manager and they said i was good to go, so dont worry.
  1. Tygor's Avatar
    lol open beta. Not in this game.
  1. Karot's Avatar
    I get about 2-3 scam e-mails per day, and usually one of them is telling me about the Cataclysm beta. Now I'll have to scrutinize my e-mails even further...

    Hope the ones I got today and yesterday weren't real. -_-

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