If you haven’t heard by now, the very first part of Patch 4.0.1 is now on Blizzard’s Background Downloader. It’s a hefty child, though, at a stout 1.58 gbs. For a “non-content” patch (which is likely be 4.0.3), that’s a bit of a doozy. There’s no telling how many more sections we’ll have to download in the future, but hopefully this one contains the bulk of the update and the rest will either be smaller or “activator” patches that basically tell the game it’s alright to turn on all the changes.
Regardless, this is very good news. If you want to experience what 4.0.1 has to offer right now, which is primarily class, talent, and UI changes, it’s on the Patch Test Realm. Character copy queues seem to have eased up a bit, and even if that doesn’t work, you’re still able to create brand new characters to run around with. Or you could just check out Mordil’s sweet video outlining many of the new features and forgo the lengthy download process altogether.
But it also means that 4.0.1 isn’t far from going live, and if it isn’t far from going live, that means 4.0.3 isn’t far from going live, which means Cataclysm is practically on our collective doorstep!