The latest on WoW: Patch 4.3.2, Plus other News

This year’s first World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch is now available! … for the Public Test Realms.  Yes, although it’s been on the PTR since January 3, it won’t go live until… well, we’re not sure, soon, we hope. Here’s the latest.

While 4.3.2  is not a content patch, it will enable the much-vaunted cross realms raids. There’s a caveat, though:

Please note, you will not yet be able to run normal or Heroic Dragon Soul with cross-real Read ID raids.

The patch will also contain updates for some features and fix some bugs. AND it adds the new 64-bit client (about time, too)! Also worth noting: Vengeance is no longer triggered by receiving damage from other players.

And oh yeah: players can no longer receive two of same item at same time when winning loot from Raid Finder boss

While we wait for this patch to make it out of the test realms, here’s some other news of note:

No BlizzCon 2012

For the remaining two of you who haven’t heard, there will be no Blizzcon this year. To say it’s a major bummer would be a major understatement. Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth:

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

Ascended Weddings in RIFT

Congratulations and best wishes to the nuptial-minded Ascended! RIFT weddings will now be official.  To celebrate, they’ll attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most virtual weddings in 24-hour period.

Imagine the wedding invites: “In lieu of wedding gifts, we would greatly appreciate RIFT platinum to start our life of wedded bliss.” Maybe married life ain’t so bad.

SWTOR Designer Speaks on Faction Imbalance, etc.

And finally, here’s an interview with SWTOR lead designer Gabe Amantangelo in which he talks about what BioWare is doing regarding faction imbalance, and other good stuff.