|World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|
|Platform(s)||Mac OS X, Windows|
|Input methods||Keyboard, mouse|
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is the third expansion set for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, following Wrath of the Lich King. It was announced at BlizzCon 2009 on August 21, 2009, though details were leaked earlier.
It adds a substantial amount of content to the game world, including two new races (Goblins for the Horde, and Worgen for the Alliance), new race/class combinations, entirely redesigned zones, heroic modes for classic dungeons, flying mounts in Azeroth, guild leveling and achievements and an increase of the level cap to 85.
The plot of the expansion revolves around the return of the evil black dragon, Deathwing. Last seen in Warcraft II, Deathwing has spent the time that has passed since then mending his wounds in Deepholm, one of the four Elemental Planes, which are prison worlds created by the universe's creators, the titans, to forever contain the raging spirits of the elements. However, his destruction of the barriers that keep the different dimensions apart in preparation for his return to Azeroth triggers a catastrophic cataclysm that reshapes most of the surface of the world, and also leaves it open to attacks from the now freed elementals of the Elemental Planes.
Cataclysm will introduce two new playable races, the Alliance Worgen and the Horde Goblins.
The goblins are a race of small, green-skinned humanoids, best known for their (current) neutrality in matters between the Horde and the Alliance, their impressive skills when it comes to trading and other such mercantile endeavours, and last but not least their characteristic branch of engineering that often focuses on making things blow up.
The Worgen are a race of beast-like humanoids (werewolves). They were once humans from the walled kingdom of Gilneas, but the recent Cataclysm has caused the Worgen plague to spread into Gilneas.
In addition to the new races, the current races are being granted new race combinations. The new Alliance race combinations are:
Notably missing from the list is any addition to the Draenei race's selection of classes.
The new Horde race combinations are: