Dug up by MMO Champion is this image of a trademark filing by Blizzard, one which could give a very big hint as to where World of Warcraft will be heading next.
Here are a few facts:
* MMO Champion states that internal codes 009 and 041 only appear on game trademarks for Blizzard, meaning that this isn’t another sort of media such as a book.
* NeoGAF forum member Kifimbo points out that the Cataclysm trademark had a very similar description in its trademark filing.
* The same person points out that Cataclysm was trademarked in July 2009, and then announced a month later at Blizzcon. This year’s Blizzcon is in October, so the timing isn’t all that different.
* A leaked schedule for Blizzard projects shows the next World of Warcraft expansion set for Q2 of next year. So, again, the timing of the announcement at Blizzcon would be logical.
Source: MMO Champion