One thing which has been confusing players across the planet is when exactly we’ll be able to play World of Warcraft: Cataclysm? Yes, we all know the game is going on sale on December 7th but what time will all the realms go live? For us European folk, it’s kind of obvious, when it comes to WoW we all run to CET (Central European Time or GMT +1) but for Americans it’s a little more complex with four different time zones. I often wonder how you guys do it! Well Bashiok (also known as The Blue Formally Known as Drysc) responded to this quandary on the official forums with the following statement:

Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

This means, if you’re on the east coast or anywhere else in the US which is not on PST, you’ll have a few hours to kill - even with the super fast downloader - before you can log on and start levelling that Worgen/Goblin. So, whether you’re standing in a queue or upgrading online, just bear that in mind, okay??

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016