World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria to land on 25 September

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mists-of-pandaria.jpgBlizzard have announced that Mists of Pandaria, the long-awaited fourth expansion pack for giant MMO World of Warcraft, will launch on September 25th.

The expansion pack adds the new Pandaren playable race, a new continent to explore, new character classes, new scenarios, new challenge modes and a new pet battling system. It’s a whole lot of new stuff to lure players back into the addictive grip of the ageing online RPG, basically.

A couple of differing editions of the game will also be available. A standard retail edition will set you back £29.99 (which will also be available as an online download). Then there’s the Digital Deluxe edition for £39.99, which as its name suggests is available as a download only from Blizzard’s site and includes the following exclusive content:

– 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.

– StarCraft® II 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.

– Diablo® III 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.

Those who purchase the standard edition of Mists of Pandaria will be able to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe edition at any point after purchase for an additional £10.

The final, ultimate version is the £59.99 Collector’s Edition of Mists of Pandaria. As well as the DVD-ROM game disc and all the downloadable exclusives from the Digital Deluxe version, it also includes the following extra content:

– 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.

Gerald Lynch