World of Warcraft expansion release dated

Avid WoW watchers won't be too surprised to learn that the latest addition to the World of Warcraft universe is coming on December 7th, as rumours have been rife for months.

But now it's official. Game maker Blizzard has confirmed the conveniently-preChristmas date for the Cataclysm expansion pack, which can be downloaded or purchased on physical media for $40.

As usual, the retail package will contain a cross-platform disk for both Mac and Windows.

The package includes a new level cap set at 85, a host of new playing areas, instances and and battle grounds, and two new races, Goblin and Worgen.

Existing areas have been altered and updated with the new content and there are now more high-level raids than ever before.

Archaeology has been added as a secondary profession, and flying mounts will be seen in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms for the first time.

For more details including screen-shots and videos head over to the official Cataclysm site.