Per Massively, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will launch December 7. Pearl Harbor reference, anyone?
So it seems, unless there’s a significant last-minute delay, that my (any many others’) prediction of a launch this calendar year will prove to be correct. I doubted it myself at various times.
I note that if it launched today, I wouldn’t have the time to get into it. But 12/7 falls in my last week of school for the quarter. So maybe.