World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria lands September 25

Blizzard announces Mists of Pandaria for September launch; details Collector's Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition.

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will launch on September 25. The fourth add-on will be available in stores and online two months from today for $39.99 (£29.99 in the UK), with a Collector's Edition on sale for $79.99 (£59.99 in the UK).

The World of Warcraft expansion introduces a new playable race and continent to the seven-year-old MMO game: the Pandaren, a race of panda-like martial artists, and Pandaria, their homeland. It also bumps the level cap to 90 and adds a new monk class.

Pandaria lands in September.

The Collector's Edition includes a behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray, a soundtrack CD, an art book, and a mouse pad, as well as a special in-game pet and mount. In a bit of Blizzard game cross-promotion, the edition also features Starcraft II Battle.net portraits (infested orc and night elf templar) and a Diablo III banner sigil and accent with Pandaren markings.

Players can prepurchase the digital download version of the game now on the official site. Blizzard is also offering a Digital Deluxe Edition ($59.99, £39.99) in which players receive the same digital bonus items that come in the Collector's Edition alongside their download of the expansion. If players pick up the standard version of the game and change their minds later, they will be able to purchase the extra in-game enticements of the Digital Deluxe Edition for $20.

In addition to the English version, Mists of Pandaria will be localised into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, traditional Chinese, and Italian. Blizzard says the availability of Mists of Pandaria in mainland China will be announced later.

Mists of Pandaria opened its doors to player-testers in March with its ongoing beta testing phase, called "our most extensive beta test yet" by Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime.

Discussion

241 comments
joecooper13
joecooper13

never ever tried this game but according to the informations and the comments I've read or heard about I've got a good feeling about it Please can somebody gives an advice to know if  this game worth it 

 

vicroll91
vicroll91

No expansion will ever be able to achieve the feeling of "newness" felt when you first started playing.  The game has simply changed demographics; what was once aimed at a 16-25 crowd with lots of time on their hands has broadened to allow weekend warriors in on the fun.  Unfortunately for anyone that took the game seriously, any sort of gain is more times than not shared with anyone with two hours a week to play.

 

I knew something was changing when Blizzard allowed the purchasing of fairly high-end epics with badges at the tail-end of BC.  By the time WotLK was out, gear acquisition was so inflated with epics that one of the biggest draws for players had faded.  It became a game of item levels and gear scores, and less about player community and experience.

 

I don't think Blizzard ruined WoW in the grand scheme of things, they just changed it to cater to a broader crowd that was willing to pay for the game.  Whether or not players still feel excitement from the game is up to them, because it's a whole new game now.

Primmly
Primmly

I'm really excited for this expansion, pre-downloaded the Collectors Edition and everything. :) For players that have been playing it since release, just move on and stop complaining about it. There are some of us who haven't been playing that long who still have a lot of fun on it.

Fizzeltop
Fizzeltop

Apparently this expansion will have less linear progression which will offer some varity for getting ALL your alts through.  However after trying to get all my alts through Cata with it's horrendous linear progression path I burned out and quit on the 5th one halfway through.  WoW has to realize that it's base has many alts and following just one path to level 6 alts is an account killer.  Further in Cata all the Jewel crafting and gear tiers where exactly the same concept so WTF I worked so hard to get to where I was as a Jeweler and chasing gear and now I have to start all over again like a noob jewelcrafter and continually chase the next tier of gear.  ENOUGH!  This expansion is looking to be more or less identical to all the mistakes made with Cata and frankly it hurts my brain just thinking of having to grinding all my alts in this game to 90.  Wrath of the Litch King was very exciting and I felt immersed in the lore but now it's like the grind just keeps on being stretched out much like a torture rack.  It gets old really fast.  I had really hoped they would have changed the skills dramatically to get rid of the holy trinity roles of tank, dps and healer much like what GW2 is doing and make individual player performance more accountable and interactive with the bosses but nope, we continue to stand as mages and button mash and interrupt.

 

They need advance the MMO experience beyond where they where 9 years ago.

th355
th355

LFD and Badges took away the community and challenge of WoW, and subsequently the game died.

Lolmao007
Lolmao007

Thanks but no thanks bliz,ill pass on your kung fu panda expansion.

 

ChaosiDn
ChaosiDn

i thought we would get like NAGA or like BOARS WITH SOME AWESOME ARMOR =O or like  DRAGONKIN ( everyones wanted that one , several forums ) but....we get pandas o.o yes we know panderen are in the lore... do we want to play them? idk maybe some do ..do i want to play them? HELL NO

r3zs1ckn3ss
r3zs1ckn3ss

Not trying to ruin it for the new players. And as far as haters, that would entail "hating" on something GOOD. This game is outdated. There are better games to spend your money on. Most of us "hating" on the game have been playing for years. WoW has been losing subs for a while now. Spending money on an MMO where the amount of subs are declining means you are, at some point, will be stuck in a world with very few players. I practically had to force myself through the beta for this new expansion. Its new content is just a rehash of what was done before if not worse. Any negative responses on here and other sites are negative for a reason. There is no hating. Just facts. WoW is dead. Get over it. With so many new and better titles minus SWTOR, its pointless to jump into a game that has lost its flair. What Blizz should be doing if they want to stay in the MMO bizz, would be to start from scratch, get away from the old gaming engine of boring cartoony graphics and changing the combat system to something more interactive rather than the old right click to attack. Its just blah when you can go around fighting enemies without really having to move around and just sit there and press number keys to attack. Auto targeting is jus garbage these days. Games like Tera and GW2 completely runs over this game. Sad but true. Quit defending this junk and fueling Blizz's decisions to try and keep this game alive or they'll never move onto bigger and better things. Practically a decade is long enough. Just let it go.

johnpombrio
johnpombrio

I just cannot work up any enthusiasm for the expansion. If it had come out a year ago, I might have still been playing but I burned out of Cata long ago. No reason to start up my subscription again for a few new places and a race I could care less about. Almost two years between expansions is WAY too long.

 No wonder they are selling off Blizzard after WoW fading and the mess that D3 made.

vadagar1
vadagar1

bliz you got me with BC then Wrath then cataclysm..... you failed to get me in ... THIS... oh the horror

 

stop defending this crappy expansion.... god some real adamant bliz fan boys here, one would think your frigging lives depended on it!!!

 

I have every blizzard game but I REFUSE to get this ... nonsense... will w8 for SC2hots TY very much....

 

pandas... really... wth

Albaficas
Albaficas

pokeworld of pandacraft....

 

glad GW2 is coming cause this crap just get even more ridiculous.

whats next blizz...kangouro and chickens for the alliance and kickboxing class?

o0AlchemisT0o
o0AlchemisT0o

honestly even doing the benediction quest was one of the most amazing things i ever done in a game, having my mate heal me on his pally as I died and then seen him get train rollled by a invisible demon. WoW was amazing, even loved the burning crusade, but pokemon in wow is just running outta ideas, GW2 all the way. Would love to have WoW be a new thing to get into though.

Slade968
Slade968

Does this expansion not seem like a cheap plug aimed at the mainly asian crowd this game draws now days? I'm not saying there aren't still tons of players outside that area but the according to various articles (and i haven't checked the validity of these) china has the majority of players now days. Sure, it will probably be fun and I'm sure I would enjoy the new expansion but its like everyone says, its nothing new and people are burnt out. Which is fine as I am one of them. But, there is no getting around it, i had some of the most gaming fun I've ever had playing WoW.

 

http://www.sinletter.com/2010/03/blizzards-world-of-warcraft-the-china-growth-story/

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-08-04-world-of-warcraft-subscribers-dip-again

stevo367
stevo367

I am...........................underwhelmed.

emanwell
emanwell

I miss the days when Warcraft was only about Orcs and Humans

barty95
barty95

Oh wow, so much negativity in the comments?

 

I'm looking forward to MoP, it's bringing loads of improvements (Talents that actually matter, stuff to do BESIDES PvE and PvP, FUN Dailies, challenge modes, a new race AND class as well as an awesome soundtrack and new zones) to a game that's still -the- most popular MMO out there.

jamesl1992
jamesl1992

I am sorry if i sound of in this Comment Window, But i am sick of Blizzard all the time Diablo III was a little bit of a let down Starcraft II was the same and WoW well... WoW has just died and i don't like Activison Blizzard now as they have died and went down since the Release of The Lich King in 2008. Enough Said...

thehoon55
thehoon55

also i have two games on my laptop; Star Wars Old Republic and WOW. i want to become a full member but i only have enough money for one. Which do you think i should choose

thehoon55
thehoon55

been reading a bunch of comments and from what i can tell most of the haters of this game are ppl who have moved on and havent played it in years. Now, to be fair, i made a character not to long ago and i love this game. DONT RUIN IT FOR THE NEW PLAYERS LIKE ME!!!!

 

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

You people are talking as if wow is done with you guys....truth of the matter is, wow is just beginning!!! muahahahah just kidding. Truth be told, wow is still a great game, and just because people are bored of it, they talk bad about it.

 

It will retire and hold a record, of the longest lasting 10 mil subscribers =() and that alone is great!! so what ever they did, and the path they followed; it obviously was the right one.

LandauTST
LandauTST

I like to look at WoW for what it used to be. It just went downhill for me. I can't say the game sucks and boast that as fact. But when I got WotLK, I went to the midnight launch, was the first of my friends to play it...and a couple days later I came to the realization that it's the same thing over...and over...and over again, packed into a new expansion. I thought to myself, "Well, either keep playing the same content every single expansion, or force myself through it all to play in raids with people who take the game too seriously and ruin an otherwise fun time, or just quit." So I quit.

 

I felt had put enough time aside to get to where I was after TBC. Not to mention each expansion seemed to almost render everything you previously achieved absolutely useless. Old raid dungeons were empty, once epic gear was now a child's play thing, etc. It was sad. I knew, for me, the game was over.

 

Tl;dr: WoW has had it's time. It's just not the same anymore. Like any game, it has it's loyal fans. But as I said, it's not what it used to be and I don't see myself ever returning. 

 

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

WoW has become a joke. It is so manstream now that it has really lost it's integrity. It has become so easy mode to bring in newer players and it is basically the same thing over and over. I havent played in a while but i do miss Barrens chat :)

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Yes..and next thing you know..the Diablo 3 expansion will ship..and that will make it so you can play diablo characters in the WoW universe and vice versa..Pandas...I want to say that is (expletive) lame...(I disliked WoW before..This did not make it any better..)I wish blizzard had not been bought out by activision...because now it's all their bad game designers making their horrid ideas..(Diablo 3 was the biggest let down in my 26+ years of playing video games..)

Arranik
Arranik

People in the beta even say the expansion is disappointing, and it isn't even out it.

GreySeven
GreySeven

Overpriced for something clearly designed as a gimmick.  It's too bad that there's no way to go back in time and regulate the integrity of the title.  It was lost, just to placate the players who ran through the game and also in no small part the people who complained endlessly on the forums about their class not being good enough.   Lines have become blurry with the lore and previously established integrity of the WarCraft conflict that it's basically just an highly accessible wet noodle.  Generic.  Like Family Guy or South Park, WoW just sucked in everything around it as a gimmick in order to be a part of everything.  Now,  when people think of an MMO they think of WoW because WoW's vacuum of everything relevant to an MMO in the same way as daily situations may bring up Peter Griffin or Quagmire *giggity*.  Though WoW may be huge, giant, and unkillable by anyone on the outside, it is actually giant, huge unkillable grind beset with gimmicks that keep people spending money.The real tragedy is in the smearing of the lore itself.  Tauren paladins, and pretty draenei aliens, and werewolves that are civilized, and all the spare ideas that were once periphery now becoming primary... sad.   Imagine playing a WarCraft real-time strategy game with the rules set down by WoW.  Zerg a collective of tauren paladins and death knights, anyone?  Yes.  Everyone.

svaubel
svaubel

Im looking forward to playing again. Must say every MMO Ive tried since has always let me down in one way or another. TOR was the biggest example of this.

 

That is not to say that Guild Wars 2 doesnt look awesome, because it does. I will play both it an WoW.

ricardo_tuba
ricardo_tuba

People have been talking about the so called "WoW Killer" for... years, I think!

 

Warhammer Online, Age of Conan, Rift, Star Wars: Old Republic, Tera... None of them could "steal" a big chunck of WoW's player base (at least, not for too long). 

 

Fact is: WoW is a 7 years old game now, and it's still more polished and complete than any MMORPG in the market. 

 

I agree that the formula is getting old. I agree the genre needs something fresh, and not another "WoW Clone" (I'm looking at you, Star Wars Old Republic).

 

But even on the day this groundbreaking game arrives, World of Warcraft won't "die". It will simply enjoy a peaceful retirement, and maybe it will get a lot better when 50% of the whiners and babies migrate to another game. 

 

There will always be people who have never played WoW and are able to have a blast playing all the game through (I know that because I invited 3 people to the game in the last months and they are loving it).

omz365
omz365

I miss wow, coming from a retired Scarab Lord. The funnest part is the community, essentially everything else is a joke.  Whether you are the trade chat troll, the top geared person on the server, the pvp-hardass, or just the clueless noob, it's the community that's really fun about wow.  Being in top guilds people enjoy the online company of their peers, but if you think about it, its been almost 8 years...including the beta testing through 04 but people that were in high school at that time, including myself, this game has just taken so much time from anyone that participated. Regardless of how far you got in the game, or how good you were people dumped in lots of time, I'll be the first to admit it, but really the point of all this is; Blizzard doesn't really care about customer loyalty, they care about the numbers.  It wasn't always like that, but about 05-06 things took a sour turn.  I will always love and remember the time I spent in "Vanilla" WoW, (especially the AQ expansion for obvious reasons ^_^) Good game thought, always has been, but unless you are willing to devote most of your time to it, it's not for you.

DragonRift
DragonRift

 @Albaficas Of course!  Because anthropomorphic cows weren't silly to begin with.  Or werewolves for that matter.  The Pandarens were strictly a fan service response to the players who wouldn't stop begging for them since Blizzcon '05.  Before the Draenei were announced in 2006, they honestly hoped they'd get Pandarens for the Alliance.

 

Absurd?  Being that the creatures were more of an in-joke than anything during the WarCraft III days, it is a bit silly.  I will agree.  But going by how I witnessed the response during last year's Blizzcon, there are a lot of players who screamed and cheered.  We can roll our eyes all we want, it's not going to stop the die-hard addicts from playing.

 

But man, YOU guys really can't let something go.  I moved past it like almost ten months ago, yet people still have to poke their heads in and mumble the same over-used panda puns that have been recycled to death.  Everyone has to run in here and scream "LOL PANDAS!" or boast about how WoW has fallen to its lowest point.

 

Sorry, WoW fell down that hole with Wrath of the Lich King.  The trolls who keep peeking into every single Pandaria thread make me wonder if they really do hate the game as much as they claim.  I'll bet you anything over half of them are picking up the expansion on day one.

darinhyatt
darinhyatt

 @thehoon55I am 2 weeks into SWTOR now and absolutely love it. The immersion into the star wars world is really well done. It looks right, sound right, feels right, the characters move right, the animations are right, etc. The only valid complains I have heard is about end game being just ok, and pvp having some limits (compared to wow). But really, there are 8 separate class stories and lots to do for months before I even have to find out if those compains are valid or not.

 

But I am loving it so far. Love the classes, the world, the story, and the gameplay.

 

barty95
barty95

 @thehoon55 Personally, WoW.

 

TOR is nice but the end-game is 'meh' and it uses various outdated and sub-par MMO parts. Old talent system, dodgy graphics engine and unbalanced PvP.

dre256x
dre256x

 @Cozm1kaos Well said... Funny thing is most of they bashing WoW received is from person how at one point was apart of it...

 

NinjaMeow1991
NinjaMeow1991

Couldn't have said it better. Every new MMORPG all the little band wangon cry babies leave wow and start flooding the forums with "This is the WoW killer" "WoW's S**T and you all suck!" And so on only to return a month later because the so called "WoW killer" failed. Fact is there is no "WoW killer" and there never will be. People will play it, people will get bored of it and move on. Then people will get bored of new games come back and leave again. It will slowly retire and bliz will have a load of money from it. =)

thehoon55
thehoon55

 @ricardo_tuba

 dude you are so right take me for example i got a laptop for my 16 birthday a week ago and started playing and honestly i love this game its sweet. now im also playing star wars old republic but it wont stop lagging. ill be facing a huge boss in my quest or being jumped by a group of ppl and then the game would just freeze on me and when it comes back im dead

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

 @ricardo_tuba "Fact is: WoW is a 7 years old game now, and it's still more polished and complete than any MMORPG in the market."

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

how dumb can you be?check your facts

Kos1c
Kos1c

@ricardo_tuba Everything you said is completely true. Nothing will dethrown WoW. On mmo-champion you see so many "This will kill WoW" when it doesn't come close. The last was SW:TOR and Tera, neither games got anywhere close to being of top news. SW:TOR was beyond a joke. I played about 15mins of it and saw it felt like a F2P Japanese MMORPG. Tera was actually fun, but I didn't buy into the retail just because every zone felt a little tight, and one pathed (A little like Mount Hyjal in Cata). I don't play WoW anymore, but I'm impressed that it is still doing well even to this day. I joined in the closed beta for the Vanilla part of the game, and played throughout till WOTLK, but barely played Cata, just since I've been there before in these PVE encounters. I hate people bashing on WoW, even though I've not played it in around 10 months. And I won't play it again. But those comments like "Oh more news about WoW /care" are pointless. >.>

Slade968
Slade968

 @omz365 OMGA AQ40, those were the days... Hell, even running UBRS and ZG to get geared was a blast. MC still takes it for me though. The first time I saw that giant flaming mother f***** I felt like someone shot me full of adrenaline.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

 @omz365 I agree with everything you've said, with one exception:  WoW has become EXTREMELY friendly to those with limited play time.  It is now entirely possible to see all the content without the assistance of a guild.

 

Out of all the MMOs I've tried, I concede that WoW is your best option if you're only looking to put in a few hours per week.  Dailies seem so much quicker in WoW than in TOR, for example...you can make enough gold quite easily to maintain at least one raid-ready character with small, incremental time investments.

 

You might be months behind the curve, but you WILL have a chance to see everything the game has to offer.

mista911
mista911

 @omz365 you just said everything that was on my mind, man did i have good memories with WoW in high school. When i was able to kill people in World PVP in my blues then when i finally got epics was it legendary. But now Epics are like LOL wtf there are different items levels as an epic? so stupid.

NinjaMeow1991
NinjaMeow1991

They still long for the game...They're the typical wrath babies that leave wow when a new game comes out, then jump back on the wagon when that game fails..Yet the reason the game got so boring was because they cried it was too hard...God i hate little wrath babies. I still lol at the comments on WoW forums about how the games crap...If they really hated the game why bother putting so much time into finding forums to troll? Eh. You bascially said how it is haha.

Slade968
Slade968

 @Shango4 He's right, that game could have been great if they had actually finished it before they released it. I enjoyed leveling but the lack of end game content was so disappointing. Not to mention it was completely generic and did absolutely nothing innovative. Yea the voice acting was all well and good but if they had spent more effort developing game content and less on voice acting people would have probably been happier. And even if they do patch it or release expansions etc. to remedy this problem, its too late because players got pissed and have moved on.

ricardo_tuba
ricardo_tuba

 @Harradrane I really hope so, man! I'm looking forward for a great MMORPG for a long time! 

 

Star Wars: Old Republic was the biggest disappointment of my life! 

Slade968
Slade968

 @Shango4 Also, i probably enjoyed TOR more than most because I'm a huge star wars nerd. I hadn't even touched a warcraft game before WoW and I was still sucked in immediately.

killman961
killman961

 @ricardo_tuba IKR! I wasted $50 on TOR. I was mad as hell cause im a Star Wars fan so it was dissapointing.