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World of Warcraft Cataclysm comparison screens

Azeroth, as we know it today, will be torn asunder once World of Warcraft: Cataclysm releases. Having sat dormant for decades, Deathwing is finally breaking his shackles, dipping his paintbrush in the inkwell of destruction and doing his best Bob Ross impression with both Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms acting as his canvases (no more happy little trees, unfortunately).

Check out these comparison screens from the Cataclysm beta to see what the new WoW will look like once Deathwing arrives on the scene…


Kalimdor


Orgrimmar

The new Warchief of the Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, will waste no time bolstering the defenses of Orgrimmar. By reinforcing walls made of stone and wood with dark iron (exactly like Warsong Hold, found in Northrend), the once drab city gets a meaner look. In the interest of security, he also moved the goblin zeppelin towers from outside the city, to the inside.


Above: Before Cataclysm 


Above: After Cataclysm


Above: Before Cataclysm


Above: After Cataclysm


Above: Before Cataclysm


Above: After Cataclysm


Above: Before Cataclysm


Above: After Cataclysm


The Barrens


After Deathwing tears a great fissure through the landscape, The Barrens will split into the Northern and Southern Barrens. While it remains mostly, well... barren, there are several locations that are now flush with wildlife thanks to the druids.


Above: Before Cataclysm 


Above: After Cataclysm

Located in the Southern Barrens is Camp Taurajo, a longtime outpost for the tauren. It will be burnt to the ground and taken over by invading Alliance forces.


Above: Before Cataclysm 


Above: After Cataclysm


Above: Before Cataclysm


Above: After Cataclysm


Stonetalon Mountains

The Stonetalon Mountains have always been an essential zone for leveling members of the Horde and Alliance and it's about to see some big changes. Most notably, it appears that the night elf obelisk from Desolace, Ethel Rethor, will be moved to Stonetalon. While this isn't something we can confirm one way or another, the evidence sure does speak loudly.


Above: Before Cataclysm 


Above: After Cataclysm

The currently peaceful trek up to the moonwell of Stonetalon Peak will also change drastically. Night elven protectors are locked in a skirmish with members of the Horde, and for good reason. It would appear that some ominous invading tentacles have desecrated their moonwell.


Above: Before Cataclysm 


Above: After Cataclysm


Above: Before Cataclysm


Above: After Cataclysm

Head to the next page for a close look at the changes in Thousand Needles and Tanaris.

15 comments

  • Smeggs - July 15, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    And don't forget to mention how peaceful it'll be, y'know, since so many people are quitting because of REALID
  • Catalyst - July 10, 2010 7:31 a.m.

    Just an FYI to the editor: The last two "Before Cataclysm" are both the same. Otherwise: looks like all my friends who play WOW are going to become dormant once again lol
  • Cleanser247 - July 8, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Lots of work must have been put into this. i have a friend who is going crazy over it right now : D
  • sugaplz - July 8, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    btw Sabtos, the reason why graphics aren't so great is cause the game is so big. If you get better graphics you would need a super computer to run this beauty on
  • sugaplz - July 8, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    This is gonna be so Sweeeeet!! Can't w8 till it comes out, gonna go for midnight opening for this one xD
  • Sabtos - July 8, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    LOL. Well, because the game is so big, this probably took a lot of work. Which is why I feel all the more sorry for the programmers. This looks so minimally changed, almost like dropping a few bombs onto invulnerable stone for a few black marks and changing the lighting in LBP. I'm glad I never got into this game. Not to mention these screens and pretty much any other WoW screens on any PC look like they're from early PS2 games.
  • speno93 - July 8, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    whilst some of those changes do seem dramatic, most of these screens look like failry cosmetic changes really.
  • JayBeat - July 8, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    This expansion will be huge.
  • ventanger - July 8, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    HAHAH SUCK IT SOUTHSHORE... ahhhh... cool stuff, not enough to get me back into WoW for the third time... probably.
  • gamedingo - July 8, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Booha! Take that SouthShore, lets see the allies come attack Tarren Mill now!
  • ultimatum7 - July 7, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    This is pretty smart of blizzard sales wise. if they change the map, and change a lot of important things in the game. This will make lots of people who quit because they didn't have much to do, with join thinking that it is completely refreshed. BUT, for people like me who liked the game but never really played it for some reason or another, but always thought they would get to it eventually, they might be disappointed seeing as a lot is changed, even if it is mostly visually different.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - July 7, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I am so excite for this next expansion!
  • Metroidhunter32 - July 7, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Everything turns red and looks like a scene from Jak 3. That it what the change looks like to me.
  • AngryScotsman - July 7, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Wow... I may just reactivate my account to check this out. Do you know when this re-landscaping comes into effect? Before the release of the expansion, probably, like the Zombie Horde event for Laugh of the Bitch King.
  • vinicusg.t.guedes - July 7, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    I might buy a new account and play till level 60 again since most old quests and zones are getting changed. Still I'm not interested in getting into raids again.

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