You know your game is a big deal when update patches get treated like full-on expansion packs. Patch 4.3 for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be heading to the Public Test Realm server “within a couple of weeks” according to lead game designer Tom Chilton. The PTR server is where Blizzard uses WOW players like guinea pigs before patches are released to everyone else.
Patch 4.3 will add a whole bunch of new content, much of which was revealed at Gamescom 2011. Included will be Void Storage for your excess loot, Transmogrification and a Raid Finder. You’ll also be able to take on Deathwing in a final showdown at The Maelstrom. Defeating him will net you a mount reward, Chilton confirmed.
The PTR server is open for anyone with an active account. You must have had an account prior to the PTR for Patch 4.3 going live, however. All you need to do is copy a character to the server; there will be a list of requirements you’ll need to fulfil before you’re given access though, and all progress on the PTR server is obviously non-permanent. Keep an eye out as Blizzard will reveal the requirements closer to the time. Once the PTR goes live you can expect the final Patch 4.3 to be release in about a month.