Posted By Nobunaga about 9 months, 4 weeks ago
One of the many who can’t wait to get your hands on the latest expansion to World of Warcraft? Well if you’re one of the 10 million+ players you’ve just a little longer to wait, as this morning Blizzard finally announced the release date for their long-tested and much anticipated Mists of Pandaria expansion, September 25th of this year. They’ve even started the inevitable pre-sale and download of the expansion… but with no word on a Collector’s Edition yet, I am a bit hesitant.
With a laundry list of new features and additives to the game, this expansion promises a land to explore that is unlike any in World of Warcraft’s history. Focusing primarily on the mist-obscured Isle of Pandaria and it’s native peoples (more than simply just Pandaren). With a new class and race added to the game’s heavy roster (The Monk and Pandaren respectively) and the opening of many new class combinations that previously were impossible, not only is the game tempting for those wanting to experience the new content of the expansion, but others that perhaps might have skipped the last.
Speaking as someone who was on hand for the expansion’s announcement at Blizzcon 2011, I had been at one time worried about the reception this expansion might bring. Certainly there has been a resounding call of “Lol Pandas” and endless references to Jack Black’s famous Po character in the Kung Fu Panda movies, but by and large the majority of responses I see from existing players is positive. But I would remind everyone of Chris Metzen’s words at that very same Blizzcon… “This expansion, this land you’re about to adventure through… is the calm before a great storm (of war)…”
The closed beta of the expansion has been running for months working out an immense list of bugs… but even I know there’s still going to be bugs that ship to live, but in the end this will likely do little to distract players from the immense list of content available this go around. I for one look forward to the Pet Battle System, as I’ve got a team of eccentric murloc warriors from every Blizzcon who are thirsty for the blood of my enemies! Will you be bringing your team of 3 pets to battle, Pokemon style? Perhaps the new raids are to your liking? Or are you going to be the first on your realm with a max level Pandaren Monk?