Blizzard Entertainment doesn’t sleep on their laurels. Just a few days ago, Mike Morhaime revealed at Blizzcon 2010 their plans to launch Cataclysm digital download pre-orders, and today you can already pay for the presale of the digital upgrade.

Blizzard Quote:

The Cataclysm looms near, and you can be ready to play the minute the servers go live by pre-purchasing the expansion digitally on now. Simply complete the digital pre-sale process on, and your account will be flagged for automatic access to Cataclysm when it launches at 12:01 a.m. PST on December 7.

Once you’ve completed the digital upgrade, be sure to log in to World of Warcraft at least once prior to December 7 to begin the background-downloading process and prepare for Deathwing’s return. Until then, keep watching the skies…

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my credit card (or other payment method) be charged?

You will be charged on the day that you place your pre-order for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Why do I need to log into the game once after I’ve upgraded?

The first time you log in after preordering, your account will become eligible to begin receiving the Cataclysm data when it’s available. The data will download in the background while you play World of Warcraft or while you have the Launcher window open.

Can I pre-order physical copies of Cataclysm and have it shipped?

Not from Blizzard Entertainment, but many retailers offer pre-orders of physical boxes and Collector’s Editions.

In what regions is the Cataclysm pre-sale available? What day/time is Cataclysm launching in my region?

The pre-sale is available in the following regions, with realms scheduled to launch at the following times:

Americas, Australia and South East Asia – December 7th at 12:01 AM PST

Europe and Russia – December 7th at 12:01 AM CET

Will a digital version of the Collector’s Edition, with the exclusive pet, be available?

No. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition is exclusive to physical retail copies. The digital version consists of the standard edition.