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Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby KysenMurrin » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:10 pm

The online Cataclysm purchse is now available.

http://us.battle.net/en/info/presale

http://eu.battle.net/account/management ... e-wow.html


I just bought mine. Your account is immediately upgraded to Cataclysm, and you will be able to begin downloading the content as soon as it is available. Then, you just wait until it launches at 12.01 on the 7th and all the content is unlocked.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Raivnor » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:30 pm

The battle.net site actually says that content for digital presales unlocks at 9:00, though I think they'll probably change that. If they stuck with that though it would be a huge advantage.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Brutalicus » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:10 pm

Bought... and downloading. I think. Why does this damn game have to come out during finals?
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Shamora » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:55 pm

Is there any way to DL and install without having to buy the digital version? I have a collector's edition pre-ordered that I'll be picking up at midnight. I'm hoping I can preinstall it, pick up my box, put in my code when I get home and be all ready to roll.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Ezharon » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:37 pm

Shamora wrote:Is there any way to DL and install without having to buy the digital version?

Download start only after upgrading you account and login into the game. I think buying the pre-sale digital version is the only way to upgrade your account currently.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Pizbit » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:58 am

How big is the download?
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Ezharon » Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:28 am

700 MB
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Dhalphir » Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:36 am

How is the release of Cata going to work for those in Australian and similar timezones?

I don't remember how it worked with Wrath.

When there is maintenance on Tuesdays, its at 3-5am PST on a Tuesday. For Oceanic servers, thats usually at 8-10pm (9-11pm with daylight savings as right now) on the same Tuesday.

So a midnight release of the digital download on Tuesday 7th would mean it wouldn't be available until about 3-4pm Tuesday afternoon for Oceanic players, several hours AFTER our shops open on Tuesday morning to sell the retail game, and thats discounting midnight releases held in Australian servers. Basically making the digital purchase the height of stupidity for an Oceanic player.

Are we going to be barred from playing until the US timezone catches us? Or are we going to be getting a significant head start on levelling? I honestly don't remember how the launch worked for Wrath with the timezones because this issue isn't solely down to digital downloads...a midnight release for a US title is going to be a lot lot later than a midnight release for an Australian title unless it drops a day earlier for the US.

Anyone have any input or able to clear my head with this?
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby rodos » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:13 am

As far as I understand it, the Cataclysm content will be "unlocked" on the server side at 0:01 am PST on the 7th. That means people in Oceanic timezones will be able to go to the store, buy the box, come home, install it, and then do nothing until the servers unlock the new goodies some time in the afternoon.

This is different from previous xpack launches, I think, probably due to the new streaming updater and the availability of the digital download.

Based on that, I'm planning on buying the digital download. Note, at current exchange rate to AUD, the digital download is significantly cheaper. UD$40, as opposed to AU$50 - $58 retail for the boxed version.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Ryyu » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:29 am

just spent all my money on Fable3, Arse.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Pizbit » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:32 am

Ezharon wrote:700 MB



Huh, that all, for some reason I was thinking it would be far bigger than that (going by the recent massive patch heh), probably go cancel my pre-order tomorrow, the digital version is cheaper even if I lose my deposite.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Dhalphir » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:38 am

rodos wrote:As far as I understand it, the Cataclysm content will be "unlocked" on the server side at 0:01 am PST on the 7th. That means people in Oceanic timezones will be able to go to the store, buy the box, come home, install it, and then do nothing until the servers unlock the new goodies some time in the afternoon.

This is different from previous xpack launches, I think, probably due to the new streaming updater and the availability of the digital download.

Based on that, I'm planning on buying the digital download. Note, at current exchange rate to AUD, the digital download is significantly cheaper. UD$40, as opposed to AU$50 - $58 retail for the boxed version.


the digital download is irrelevant to the issue, it merely complicates it

the core issue remains, I can't remmeber, did the US get Wrath a day earlier than the Oceanic timezones?
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Chicken » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:39 am

Pizbit wrote:
Ezharon wrote:700 MB



Huh, that all, for some reason I was thinking it would be far bigger than that (going by the recent massive patch heh), probably go cancel my pre-order tomorrow, the digital version is cheaper even if I lose my deposite.
A good bit of the data was already downloaded in the recent massive patch. I'd guess the pre-order download is mostly stuff that you'll never see if you don't have the expansion, which is, well, relatively little compared to previous expansions.
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby Pizbit » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:27 am

Chicken wrote:A good bit of the data was already downloaded in the recent massive patch. I'd guess the pre-order download is mostly stuff that you'll never see if you don't have the expansion, which is, well, relatively little compared to previous expansions.


Yeah that makes a lot of sense :)
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Re: Cataclysm Digital Presale Available

Postby culhag » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:14 am

Pizbit wrote:
Ezharon wrote:700 MB
Huh, that all, for some reason I was thinking it would be far bigger than that (going by the recent massive patch heh), probably go cancel my pre-order tomorrow, the digital version is cheaper even if I lose my deposite.

Just like patches come in multiple parts, there may be more to come.

I'm still debating wether I'll get the digital download.
I wanted to have the box sit next to the previous ones, but realistically I'll never use the discs again after installing it. That and there's the uncertainty of having the box before the server opens vs. the guaranty that the download will be ready at that time.

Shit. Looking at things rationally, the download really makes a lot more sense.
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