Fourth expansion brings tides of war to the shores of a long-lost
Digital Deluxe and Retail Collector's Editions revealed
Presales NOW LIVE
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Land, ho! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of
Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, the fourth
expansion set for the world's most popular subscription-based massively
multiplayer online role-playing game, will be available in stores and
online starting from September 25, 2012. Upon the expansion's release,
intrepid explorers of the Alliance and the Horde will be able to set
foot upon the shores of the long-lost continent of Pandaria and embark
on a perilous journey to uncover its ancient mysteries.
Mists of Pandaria will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows®
XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh®
at a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD. The expansion will also be
available digitally directly from Blizzard's World of Warcraft
also priced at $39.99 USD.
A special Collector's Edition packed with bonus items will be available
exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD.
In addition, for the first time, World of Warcraft players have
the option to purchase a special Digital Deluxe version of the expansion
containing the in-game bonus items from the Collector's Edition. The
Digital Deluxe version is available to download directly from Blizzard
for $59.99 USD. Players who purchase the standard edition digitally or
at retail will have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version
at any time (for as long as the standalone Digital Deluxe version
remains available) for an additional $20 USD.
Presales for the standard digital and Digital Deluxe versions of Mists
of Pandaria are now live. Players who would like to purchase either
version and 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 do so by visiting 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 cofounder 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
The Digital Deluxe version of Mists of Pandaria includes a full
digital copy of the expansion along with the following exclusive in-game
World of Warcraft In-Game Mount: Take to the
skies of Azeroth astride the mystical Imperial Quilen flying mount.
World of Warcraft In-Game Pet: Journey across
Pandaria with the Lucky Quilen Cub at your side.
Battle.net® Portraits: Bring the Horde
and Alliance rivalry to the far reaches of the Koprulu sector with
exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar Battle.net portraits.
Banner Sigil and Accent: Display your status as a hero of Pandaria
with the 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 content from the Digital Deluxe
Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-Ray: Learn about the creation of
Pandaria with this two-disc set featuring over an hour of commentary,
insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
Collector's Edition Soundtrack CD: Experience 20 orchestral
pieces from Mists of Pandaria.
The Art of Mists of Pandaria Book: Explore this
208-page hardcover tome featuring never-before-seen pieces from the
expansion, from early concepts to final 3D renderings.
Chen Stormstout Mouse Pad: Equip your desk with this
special-edition mouse pad featuring the legendary pandaren brewmaster.
In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, warships of the Alliance
and Horde clash off the coast of a long-lost continent, signaling the
start of a new era of discovery and conquest in the history of Azeroth.
As players storm the shores of this exotic new frontier and begin to
explore its mysteries, they'll encounter brave new allies, unearth
ancient secrets, and play their part in reigniting the long-brewing
conflict between the Horde and Alliance on a strange battlefield far
Mists of Pandaria offers a wide variety of content for new and
returning World of Warcraft players. Features include a new
playable race (the pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests,
a new character class (the monk), and an expansive new
continent for players to explore as they adventure to the new level
cap of 90. The expansion also includes a host of new gameplay elements
designed to give players even more ways to enjoy the game, including scenarios
-- a flexible new 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.
Mists of Pandaria has received a Teen rating from the ESRB. 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.
To learn more about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria,
please visit the official website at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com.
To set up a Battle.net account and to opt-in to Blizzard Entertainment
beta tests, please visit the official Battle.net website at http://www.battle.net.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous
positions currently available -- visit http://jobs.blizzard.com
for more information and to learn how to apply.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®,
and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's
track record includes fourteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the
Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
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