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style="font-style: italic;">As
summer prepares for its annual slumber, we all know what season will
soon be prancing around the northern hemisphere like a drunken fratboy
in a fairy princess costume. If you're thinking autumn here, guess
again. No, it's the holiday game release cycle that's all but breathing
down our necks like an angry make-believe lover. And while we have a
solid idea of exactly which new titles we can expect to see hitting the
shelves over the next few months, it seems that speculation on a
release date for style="font-style: italic;">World of Warcraft:
Cataclysm has finally kicked
into high gear. A closer look at this plus much, much more will be
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Pin the Tail on the Release Date.

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You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
is the Ten Ton Pulse ( href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/thepulse/">What
is The Pulse?).

top 5 Pulse results:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow">World
    of Warcraft
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">Everquest 2 
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/lotro">Lord of the
    Rings Online (UP 1)
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2">Guild Wars 2
    (down 1) 
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/">EVE Online

movers today

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv">Final
    Fantasy XIV

    - UP 7
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2035">Rift:
    Planes of Telara

    - UP 4
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  3. style="text-decoration: underline;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2">StarCraft

    - down 2
size="-1">Recent Releases
  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2461"
    for Speed World
  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2" target="_blank">StarCraft
    II: Wings of Liberty
  • size="-1">8/17
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/140">City
    of Heroes: Going Rogue (release)
  • size="-1">8/18
    - href="http://everquest2.com/free_to_play">EverQuest
    II Extended (release)
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/7
    - size="-1"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aion">Aion:
    Assault on Balaurea (free

  • size="-1">September
    30, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv" target="_blank">Final
    Fantasy XIV size="-1">
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">October
    26, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/170">LEGO
    Universe (release)

  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">November
    2, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online (release)


  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/5 -
    10/8 - href="http://www.gdconline.com/">GDC
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/8 -
    10/10 - href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/">New
    York Comic Con
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y" target="_blank">BlizzCon
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;"> 3/24
    3/26 (2011) - href="http://fanfest.eveonline.com/" target="_blank">CCP

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Loading... where PC gaming
isn't a myth, it's a way of life.

night I ducked my head into the local GameStop to see if I could snag a
copy of R.U.S.E.
which Ethec had recommended to me earlier in
the day.
Noting that the store has been completely remodeled for about the 100th
time, I got to play the joyous game of guessing which dark corner of
the store PC games were unceremoniously shoved into this time.

Sensing my confusion as I
stumbled around the store like a drunken
pirate seeking buried treasure, one of the employees
eventually offered assistance. She had apparently been directly
involved in the most recent shelf shuffling, and while proud of her
efforts she was quick to note that the PC games section - which has
dwindled down to near non-existence - was still in a state of total

She went on to offer up further
assistance, letting me know
that their newest PC game had just come in: Plants
vs. Zombies
didn’t ask but was seriously hoping that she was talking
about a new box release version of some sort, because if the big new PC
release for the store is a game that came out a year and a half ago
then PC gaming truly is in dire straits as far as brick and mortar
retail presence goes.

She also decided to play her
pre-order suggestion card, letting me
that World of Warcraft:
is due out on
November 2nd.
I made
sure to mention that the only confirmed MMOG release for that date is
DC Universe Online,
but thanked her all the same.

If you’re wondering
why I’ve chosen to ramble on
about my latest excursion into the Land Where PC Gaming is a Myth,
there’s a very simple reason. On Monday, MMOChampion decided
it was high time to declare November 2nd as the release date for
as well – a date that’s been suggested
via the awesome power of speculation more so than one derived from fact
or any kind of official press release. Personally I think they may be
drinking too much of GameStop’s Kool-Aid, but
that’s beside the point.

Through a highly scientific
process which involves analyzing facts
Blizzard’s release date history, plus a heavy dose of my
super-happy-fun-time powers of divination, I’m going to go
out on a limb here and boldly suggest that style="font-style: italic;">Cataclysm
may or may not be
released on November 2nd this year.

On the fact front,
we’re right now seeing the beginnings of
the pre-expansion patch cycle swing into motion. We also have access to
the beta client so have at least some idea of how close to achieving
its famed launch-day polish Blizzard is getting. There’s also
been the recent collector’s edition announcement which
indicates to me that an internal release candidate may not be too
terribly far off.

However, BlizzCon takes place a
little over a week prior to the
proposed Nov. 2nd release date, and while style="font-style: italic;">WoW
fans would certainly be
whipped into a veritable frenzy during the event knowing that the new
expansion is right around the corner, the relative closeness of the
dates to me sounds like the kind of marketing department nightmare that
Blizzard would want to avoid. Then again, you also have to factor
in whether or not Activision-Blizzard has
any other surefire holiday season hits to bank on this year.

To add further variables into
the mix, a dash of MMOG history is
adding here. If Nov. 2nd is indeed the planned release date for
it wouldn’t be the first time that Blizzard has
selectively gone head to head with the former MMOG heavyweight champ,
SOE. The original game and The
Burning Crusade
were both
within weeks of 2 high-profile SOE titles, EverQuest
and Vanguard
respectively. In fact, the first details for style="font-style: italic;">Cataclysm
conveniently “leaked” during a previous SOE Fan
Faire. Perhaps those dates were mere coincidence, but if Cataclysm is
released on the same date as the biggest SOE launch in years, style="font-style: italic;">DCUO,
then that kind of pattern is hard to ignore.

At the end of the day we really
won’t know when style="font-style: italic;">Cataclysm
going to be released until Blizzard makes an official announcement.
Since they haven’t all we can really do is speculate. Do you
think a November launch is feasible, or completely off the mark? Step
through the Dark Portal and traverse the vast expanses of internet
space to the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53549">Loading…
and have your say!

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4">/OOC
(Off-topic) forum

worst game buys?

the worst game you've ever bought (it doesn't necessarily have to be an
MMO)? Have you ever bought a game suspecting it would be amazing only
to find out it really, style="font-style: italic;">really...wasn't?
Hey, the box at least looked cool, right? Show off your href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53474">embarrassing
game purchases!


Quotes from the Epic Thread

think I'm winning this thread with RF Online!

- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=441881&postcount=6">Beerkeg


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Today at Ten Ton Hammer

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of Gods Reveals The Caves of Tallion


of Gods recently launched a new free-to-play server for players that
are less fond of subscriptions. And new content is on the way for
players of both the free and subscription-based servers to enjoy. The
latest reveal from Kalicanthus offers a look at the Caves of Tallion, a
huge dungeon with 14 new bosses and challenges for players to overcome.


Assault on Balaurea First Impressions


Assault on Balaurea has released and players are flooding Atreia to get
a taste of the new content offered in this free expansion. Some players
may might find the excitement they are looking for while others may be
left just a little disappointed. Get the details on what the
has to offer, where NCsoft hit it out of the park, and where they may
have come up short in our Assault on Balaurea first impressions.

- Preparing Your Guild for Cataclysm


is coming soon; raiding is winding down and Arena season 8 will soon
come to an end. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you
and your guild can prepare to hit the ground running in the upcoming

Top 10

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/tera/interviews/scott-hartsman-9.14.10">Deeper
    into the Rift – A Q&A with style="font-weight: bold;">Rift:
    Planes of
    Telara’s Scott
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/interviews/story-and-progression">The
    Heart of Tyria - An Exclusive Interview on Personal Story and
    Progression in style="font-weight: bold;">Guild Wars 2
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/zones/deepholm-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW
    Cataclysm – Deepholm Zone Preview href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/rift/videos/pax10"> style="font-weight: bold;">
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/rift/videos/pax10"> style="font-weight: bold;">Rift:
    Planes of Telara Class
    & Invasions Video Feature with
    Russ Brown
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/faq"> style="font-weight: bold;">Guild Wars 2
  6. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aion/editorials/assault-on-balaurea-impressions"> style="font-weight: bold;">Aion:
    Assault on Balaurea First Impressions
  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eon/features/previews/pax-hands-on">At
    Worlds' End - A Hands-On Look at style="font-weight: bold;">End
    of Nations
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/prepare_for_cataclysm"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW
    - Preparing Your Guild for Cataclysm style="font-weight: bold;">

  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/interviews/pax-combat">Skills,
    Traits and Builds - An Exclusive Guild
    Wars 2
    Combat Interview
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/combat/pre-gaming-piracy">Pre-Gaming
    For Piracy In style="font-weight: bold;">EVE Online

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Reuben "Sardu" Waters has been writing professionally about the MMOG industry for eight years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Ten Ton Hammer.