World of Warcraft Pandamonium: Mist Of Pandaria Release Date and Presale Announced!
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that World of Warcraft®’s fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria, will be available in stores and online on 25th September, 2012. Upon the expansion’s release, both Alliance and Horde warriors will be able explore the shores of the long-lost continent of Pandaria and enjoys tons of new updates to the game.
A Collector’s Edition of the expansion will be available exclusively in retail stores. However, WoW enthusiasts have the option to purchase a Digital Deluxe version of the expansion containing all the in-game bonus items from the Collector’s Edition. The Digital Deluxe version is available to download directly from Blizzard at anytime. Players who purchase the standard edition digitally or at retail will have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version as well (as long as the standalone Digital Deluxe version remains available) for an additional price.
Presales for both versions of Mists of Pandaria are already live! Players who would like to purchase either version and want to be ready to play the moment the expansion launches can do so now by visiting www.WorldofWarcraft.com. The expansion content will automatically be digitally delivered to pre-purchasers via World of Warcraft’s streaming launcher prior to the release of Mists of Pandaria. Players who would like to preorder the standard box or the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition can also preorder at their local retailer. “Mists of Pandaria contains the biggest variety of new content we’ve ever created for a World of Warcraft expansion, with features that will appeal to new players, veterans, and everyone in between,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’ve received a lot of great feedback from players during our most extensive beta test yet, and we hope they enjoy exploring everything Pandaria has to offer when the expansion comes out in September.”
The Digital Deluxe version of Mists of Pandaria includes a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following exclusive in-game bonus items:
- World of Warcraft: In-Game Mount: Imperial Quilen flying mount.
- World of Warcraft In-Game Pet: Lucky Quilen Cub Pet.
- StarCraft® II Battle.net® Portraits: exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar Battle.net portraits.
- Diablo® III Banner Sigil and Accent: iconic markings of World of Warcraft’s newest playable race, the Pandaren.
The Collector’s Edition of Mists of Pandaria includes the full version of the game on DVD-ROM and contains the following exclusive bonus items, in addition to the in-game items mentioned above:
- Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-Ray: two-disc set featuring over an hour of commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
- Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD: 20 orchestral pieces from Mists of Pandaria.
- The Art of Mists of Pandaria Book: 208-page hardcover tome featuring never-before-seen pieces from the expansion, from early concepts to final 3D renderings.
- Chen Stormstout Mouse Pad: special-edition mouse pad featuring pandaren brewmaster.
Mists of Pandaria presents itself as a huge update featuring a new playable race (the Pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests, a new character class (the Monk), and new dungeons and quests to help players get to the new level cap of 90. A new scenario mode has also been announced as a flexible kind of cooperative PvE trial, challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria’s 5-player dungeons, and an all-new pet battle system.
In addition to the English version, Mists of Pandaria will be fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and for the first time with a World of Warcraft expansion launch, Italian. Availability of Mists of Pandaria in mainland China will be announced at a later date.