World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic Announced

Cataclysm Classic


If you thought that the Classic adventure stops with WotLK Classic – you were wrong! World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic was confirmed by Holly Longdale at BlizzCon 2023 and will feature significant gameplay changes.

World of Warcraft has always been a game that evolves, and its ever-changing landscape keeps players engaged and immersed in the rich lore of Azeroth. One of the most significant expansions in the game’s history was Cataclysm, initially released in 2010. Now, Blizzard Entertainment is set to unveil a new journey through time with the announcement of “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic.”

This announcement marks a new chapter in the World of Warcraft legacy, allowing players to revisit a pivotal moment in Azeroth’s history. However, it’s important to note that Cataclysm Classic isn’t merely a copy of the 2010 expansion. Blizzard has put careful consideration into making improvements and adjustments while staying true to the essence of the original experience.

Before we go into more detail, lets watch the official trailer for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic!

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic Official Trailer (Video) 

What will this post cover?

In this post we will focus on the most important details that were announced on Blizzcon 2023 regarding the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic release, those are:

  • WoW Cataclysm Classic – Release Date
  • Changes coming with WoW Cataclysm Classic
  • What to expect in Cataclysm Classic
  • Pre-release Events and Early Access
  • Subscription and Compatibility
  • Character Transfer and Progression
  • Frequently asked Questions and Answers to them

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic Release Date

As of now, Blizzard Entertainment has yet to provide an official release date for Cataclysm Classic. However, avid fans of World of Warcraft can expect this classic experience to be released sometime in the future. Keep an eye on Blizzard’s official channels and announcements for updates regarding the release date.

However, what we do know is that Cataclysm Classic will release in the first half of 2024.

Changes coming with WoW Cataclysm Classic

Cataclysm Classic offers several changes and enhancements compared to the original expansion, designed to provide players with an even more immersive and polished experience. These improvements include:

  • Class Balancing: Cataclysm Classic aims to address class imbalances that may have existed in the original expansion, ensuring that every class remains relevant and competitive in both PvE and PvP.
  • Bug Fixes: Over the years, various bugs and issues have been reported in the original Cataclysm expansion. Cataclysm Classic will undergo thorough bug fixing to provide a smoother and more stable gaming experience.
  • Graphics Enhancements: Players can expect updated graphics and visual improvements, making the in-game world even more stunning and immersive.
  • Quality-of-Life Improvements: Cataclysm Classic introduces quality-of-life changes, such as improved user interface features, streamlined questing, and an enhanced chat system.

What to expect in Cataclysm Classic?

Cataclysm Classic offers a fresh chance to explore the reimagined world of Azeroth. Players can anticipate the following content:

  • New Zones: Revisit zones transformed by the Cataclysm, such as the shattered landscape of the Barrens, the underwater realm of Vashj’ir, and the war-torn post-cataclysm world.
  • Quests: Engage in a multitude of quests tailored to challenge you with exciting narratives and new adventures.
  • Dungeons and Raids: Dive into dungeons and raids like The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds, each offering formidable challenges and epic loot.

and much more!

Pre-release Events and Early Access

As of now, Blizzard Entertainment has not disclosed specific details regarding pre-release events or early access to Cataclysm Classic. However, they did say that they will implemented 2-3 days early access similar to the Diablo 4 if you purchase some of the expansion editions(Heroic or Epic).

Subscription and compatibility

Cataclysm Classic is accessible to players with an existing World of Warcraft subscription. Players can get into this classic experience without the need for a separate subscription. Cataclysm Classic is compatible with modern systems, ensuring that Players can play even if their hardware is ‘older’. Another good thing to note is that Blizzard is ensuring to bring higher quality to Cataclysm than it was on it’s Original release back in 2010.

Character Transfer and Progression

It’s essential to note that character progression in Cataclysm Classic remains isolated from the live servers. While you can relive the adventure, character transfers and progress between these distinct realms are not supported.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

Here we will cover the usual questions concerning Cataclysm Classic:

What is Cataclysm Classic, and how does it differ from the original expansion? 

Cataclysm Classic is a revisitation of the original Cataclysm expansion from 2010, adapted for modern gameplay. While it retains the core content, it comes with several quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes for a smoother gaming experience.

What Changes did Cataclysm bring?

Two new playable races were added, the Worgen for the Alliance and Goblins for the Horde. In addition, existing classes were expanded to be available to more races. The major cities of Orgrimmar and Stormwind experienced major changes. Lastly, the existing talent system was overhauled.

What were the first Raids in Cataclysm?

The first tier of raiding content in Cataclysm takes place in four different instances. These four raids are Baradin Hold, Blackwing Descent, Throne of the Four Winds, and the Bastion of Twilight.

What are the Cataclysm Classic Upgrades?

With Cataclysm Classic, your journey continues into the era of fire and destruction. This time, however, you’ll enjoy a much faster content cadence, improvements to Leveling, expanded Collections, and more! Cataclysm Classic will require only a WoW subscription or game time to play.


We are yet to see further changes as we get closer to the release of Cataclysm Classic, but there’s a lot of new things that are in between like the WoW Classic: Season of Discovery, Dragonflight Patch 10.2, and more!

However from our point of view, the changes that we’re aware of so far are definitely going to speed things up compared to the old Cataclysm release. Also, we hope that the Dragon Soul Raid will be changed in difficulty and even if Deathwing fight can be completely reworked it would be a miracle!

The things that we know so far is that leveling, gearing up and farming will be faster and will require you to invest less time to stay up to date. Although if you do not have time for this, we are always here provide you with various services. Make sure to check out our site if you’re interested or contact our Discord or LiveChat Support, we are active 24/7!

If you’ve missed the Classic panel, we will leave you a video below that can help you stay up to date with all the changes that are coming!

World of Warcraft Classic – What’s Next Panel (Video)