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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 8:08AM (Unverified) said

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I somehow doubt this is the new MMO. The name is somehow too generic for me. Cataclysm sounds like a Korean F2P game in perpetual beta.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:43AM (Unverified) said

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Sounds about as generic as "Diablo" or "Warcraft" to me.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 8:15AM MrDiamondJ said

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Starcraft: Ghost never materialized, but it was definitely in development (it was shown at E3 one year).

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 8:38AM Lethality said

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The timing is about the same as it was for the trademarks for Burning Crusade and WoTLK before their respective Blizzcons. So, my bet is that this is the next WoW Expansion name.

However, the cataclysm in WoW is something that happened in the past... so what could it mean? Another coming cataclysm? Or did they finally jump the shark and go back in time?

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 8:43AM (Unverified) said

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Cataclysm something in WoW's past... Hm... perhaps the new MMO is a prequel to WoW? That would, erm, suck.

Please, no more Fantasy MMOs. We've got some of those already, thank you very much.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 8:57AM engrey said

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With that statement please no more Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Space/Twitch, FPS/MMO, or modern day MMOs please. We have way to many coming to market.

So that leaves what? Medieval? Could be cool.

On topic: I am very sure this is the next WoW expansion name. A quick jump to the internet tells us.."The cataclysm is the Greek expression for the Deluge, from the Greek kataklysmos, to 'wash down' (kluzein "wash" + kata "down") and it has also been used to describe events such as the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the tenth plague of Egypt.

The modern usage of cataclysm is mostly confined to geological phenomena of high significance, such as the destruction of Pompeii, the Tunguska event, or the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake."

So either Blizzard is doing post-apocalyptic (I really hope not) or it is the Maelstrom.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 7:19PM (Unverified) said

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"Is Cataclysm the next Blizzard MMO?"

Does it really matter? Blizzard could put a pile of steaming doggie doo into a box, call it an MMO, and it would get the same level of unabashed slobbering that every single one of their products gets. It seems that Blizzard is the only game company one earth that has a 'get out of criticism free' card.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 11:54AM veyper said

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Apparently you don't read the WoW forums.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:08AM (Unverified) said

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Perhaps a Post-Apocalyptic MMO? With a Name like Cataclysm, you can guess they want something big. Or, it could be related to WoW, and although I'm not a fan of the game, it would be interesting.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:22AM fedfierce said

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I'm pretty sure the "Cataclysm" is referring to the sundering in Warcraft's lore. They are definitely hinting something about a Maelstrom/Emerald Dream expansion. I remember before WotLK, they announced the book based on Arthas, and they just recently announced a book about Malfurion Stormrage who has been locked away in the Emerald Dream for all of WoW's lifespan.

Also, the Sundering is what caused the Maelstrom to form in the first place, so I think it's very likely this could be the next expansion, not their new MMO.

The definition on Dictionary.com says Cataclysm is "an extensive flood; deluge." and "a sudden and violent physical action producing changes in the earth's surface." Those definitions pretty much spell out the Sundering, and the Maelstrom.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:37AM Atnor said

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Is it just me, or does Cataclysm sound way too generic to be trademarked? A cataclysmic event is at the core of many, if not most, MMO and even video game lore stories/backgrounds.

It would be analagous to trademarking the word "post-apocalyptic" or even "online".

Even if it is the next Blizzard MMO, like I said, the word is so generic that it offers us nothing else in the way of furthering our knowledge of the project, except that it exists, and we already knew that. :)

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:16AM Dread said

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Yay!

A Dragonlance MMO!

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 12:05PM Boruk said

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The only other IP that has its lore going as far back as Wow does. That's what I first thought of too...
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:43AM (Unverified) said

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wowcataclysm.com just happened to expire on the exact same day that the trademark was filed, and it is now (and maybe was before, i dont know) held by the same company that handles all of Blizzard's domain names. points to the next expansion if you ask me

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 9:52AM Gaugamela said

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Post-apocalyptic MMO? They have a lot of potential with that.
I can see them doing something in the line of Hellgate: London. The IP, not the game features obviously.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:14AM Waxil said

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Does anyone even care? Wow fanbois will just keep playing wow, and anyone that's moved on from wow probably has a lot of blizzard-resentment at this point (myself included).

Let's face it, no matter what they promise it's not like it will be anything other than wow with new graphics/setting, further more when it comes to modern Blizzard "new graphics" doesn't exactly mean mature/adult/dark (even if it IS post-apocalyptic the style in all of their games is following a very specific common trend now) and "new setting" probably just means stolen ideas from someone else.

Blizzard is, and clearly always will be now, about mass market appeal. Honestly their games suffer as a result (though clearly their wallets do not, maybe more of the people who threaten to quit actually should). This is especially true when it comes to mmos where even keeping a specific niche group happy is a challenge and keeping everyone happy just results in numerous watered down and broken mechanics.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:46AM (Unverified) said

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why all the blizzard-resentment? did WoW steal your bike?
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 1:54PM Xtofer said

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I wonder why people like this are so resentful too. Like, you're a victim of Blizzard or something? It's not as if you're entitled to anything from Blizzard. Blizzard is successful because people DO like playing their games, contrary to what you may think is popular opinion. People ARE interested in what the next expansion is because there are a HUGE number of us that play WoW and enjoy it despite your arbitrary hatred for their game.

Your argument would hold more water if Blizzard wasn't so successful at what they do.
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Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 10:20AM (Unverified) said

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They're just trade marking the impending events of 12/21/12.

Posted: Jul 2nd 2009 11:01AM mysecretid said

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I think it's a stunt -- you know how Blizzard likes to play coy with the details of their releases. "It'll be released when it's ready" and all that

For whatever reason, I still think Blizzard's next MMORPG will be World of StarCraft.

And they'll make a gazillion bucks from it ...

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