Blizzard Sends Emails For Cataclysm Closed Beta

Industry news sources report that Blizzard is sending out "opt-in" emails for the Cataclysm closed-beta test

Several sources recently reported that Blizzard sent out an early round of email invitations for Cataclysm, World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion. Earlier this week, the editors at 1UP.com reported that they received a Cataclysm beta invitation email from Blizzard, indicating that the first round of Cataclysm's closed-beta testing phase is "starting to gear up," according to the article. This initial round of closed-beta invitations is being sent to select members of the video game/MMO press, according to the same article.

The news is corroborated by several other gaming and MMO media outlets. On the same day, GameInformer.com announced that it received a similar email, which indicated Blizzard "[does] not currently have a date to announce for the start of the beta test," but "opt-in" invitations are being accepted. The invitation notes that the Cataclysm closed-beta test won't be released with an NDA, according to GameInformer.

This news might indicate that Cataclysm's official launch will occur earlier in 2010 than the community originally expected, especially after the announcement that BlizzCon 2010 will be held in late-October this year. In addition, Blizzard's previous closed-beta testing for Wrath of the Lich King and The Burning Crusade began just a couple months prior to their respective release dates; if the past is any indication of Cataclysm's release schedule, we might be rolling up new Goblin and Worgen characters by the end of this summer. Stay tuned for more news as its announced!

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My Theory..
# Apr 11 2010 at 2:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Blizz says it's random, I'm sure they pull from all walks of life on WoW. To the dedicated hardcore players, to the casual. They want to get a mix so people will test all there is to offer, but I'm sure they will let a few random people into the mix (hopefully not a dedicated rp'er j/k) Still,I hope just cause I work at gamestop I'll get one that another store manager isn't using x3
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Beta Invites
# Apr 10 2010 at 8:41 AM Rating: Decent
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Without trying to sound whiney..
I've been using the public tests realms, both premade characters and my own to test the latest patches as far back as 1.11 but i have never recieved an invite to Beta, so what exactly is that makes blizzard decide that you are worthy of testing the latest expansion? Is it random, or do you need to be a WoW-website owner?
Woohoo!
# Apr 09 2010 at 8:59 PM Rating: Good
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I got a beta invite!

...wait that was a phishing email, **** I should have read it before I replied =\
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