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Blizzard announces ‘Mists of Pandaria’ Expansion for World of Warcraft


I’ve always been a huge World of Warcraft fan, but I actually stopped playing a few months ago (simply because I don’t have time to play). I might be lured back into the realm of Azeroth again though. Game developer Blizzard recently announced at Blizzcon 2011 that there will be a 4th expansion for World of Warcraft, entitled Mists of Pandaria.

This expansion should be a substantial addition to the game. Mists of Pandaria will add an array of new features, content, and even a new class to the mix of World of Warcraft (which is turning 7 years old this year). The expansion will introduce the Pandaren (a new playable race), the Monk (a new class), an increased level cap of 90, several new zones on a new continent, PvE Scenarios, new challenge modes for dungeons, a new talent system and a pet battling system. This actually sounds quite exciting.

No release date has been announced for Mists of Pandaria, but I guess it will probably be only in 2012. Blizzard describes Mists of Pandaria as follows: “Shrouded in fog since the world was sundered more than ten thousand years ago, the ancient realm of Pandaria has remained unspoiled by war. Its lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains are home to a complex ecosystem of indigenous races and exotic creatures – including the noble and enigmatic Pandaren. Will the mists of Pandaria part to reveal the world’s salvation… or will the battle to control this new land push the Horde and the Alliance over the brink of war and into total annihilation?”

This is the preview clip for Mists of Pandaria which was released at Blizzcon 2011:

This looks tempting, I must admit. I know of many people who have quit playing World of Warcraft because its just too time consuming. There are actually addiction clinics in the United States for this game. I don’t think I could get into the habit of playing the same game for 3-4 hours a day again (while real life happens around me). Only time will tell if I get into this expansion or not.

For those of you that did not know, World of Warcraft was launched in November 2004. It’s the most most popular MMORPG (Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Game) on planet earth. The game’s third expansion, Cataclysm, sold more than 3.3 million copies within the first 24 hours of availability (making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time). Cataclysm went on to sell more than 4.7 million copies in its first month. World of Warcraft is available in 9 different languages at the moment. A tenth (Brazilian Portugues) is slated for release later this year. The game is played in North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, mainland China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (and even South Africa too).

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