The next expansion pack for "World of WarCraft," "Cataclysm," is supposed to launch this year. But you probably already knew that. You've probably already spec'ed out your Worgen rogue and planned to catch mono on the week of release (whenever that may be). But what if you could start playing long before anyone else? Ah yes, the magic of the Beta. It seems that Blizzard is kicking off the beta for "World of WarCraft: Cataclysm" in the near future, if a recent mailing to members of the press is any indication.
The mailing calls for the Battle.net accounts of interested parties in the press to be submitted by April 15th. The email goes on to say that there's no current date for the start of the beta, but the call for accounts certainly implies that we're getting close to something.
I haven't played "World of WarCraft" since 2005, when my level 60 dwarven hunter accepted the long sleep of a canceled account. I've fought the urge over the last five years, like a junkie always remembering his last fix, but may just crumble for the "Cataclysm" beta. My rationale is that it'll be hard to get addicted to something when you know your character is doomed once the beta ends. Famous last words, I'm sure.