World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Friends & Family Alpha Live

Want to play World of Warcraft: Cataclysm early? If you happen to be a friend or family member of a Blizzard employee, then you are in for a treat, as you are granted the honor of playing Cataclysm before anyone else.

Zarhym, a Blizzard employee and community manager for World of Warcraft, confirmed the Friends & Family Alpha.

Yes, we can confirm that the Family & Friends phase of the testing process for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has begun. The closed beta test phase has not yet started, but we will provide updated information when it does.

New screenshots of Cataclysm are appearing everyday via the game’s Screenshot of the Day gallery. The following image in particular shows off some nice water effects. Check it out below:

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  1. Such a great screenshot. If all or most of the new WoW looks this good, nVidia and ATI will see a large increase in profits as people upgrade to get beyond the minimum specs.

  2. It would be hilarious – a portion of the game having current gen graphics, while others are stuck being downright ugly. Blizzard, release your graphical update already!

  3. Wow! (not WoW but plain old wow)

    I gave the game away about a year ago and have never had a single urge to get back into it…but looking at that screeny…..more AOC/LotRO than traditional cartoony WoW…shit…that’ll get me back for sure…as long as they stop nerfing me Prot Warrior!

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