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Blizzard Getting Ready for Mists of Pandaria Testing

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It's almost time to start testing Blizzard's upcoming expansion pack for World of Warcraft.

Blizzard said on Tuesday that the World of Warcraft team is gearing up to test the upcoming expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria. Once the beta test goes live, Blizzard will invite Annual Pass holders, press, fansites, friends and family, and opt-in beta testers to participate. There won't be an NDA involved, meaning the company plans to ride the free publicity in hopes of reeling in old subscribers who abandoned ship after eating up Cataclysm like a box of Girl Scout cookies.

"As there’s no NDA for this test, you’re likely to start seeing lots of screenshots and new video around the web," the company reports. "Please keep in mind that the game is still in development, and what you’ll see during the beta test is not necessarily representative of the final game."

Hopeful testers can opt-in to the beta by setting up a Battle.net account and attaching at least one Blizzard PC game -- it doesn't have to be World of Warcraft, it seems. After that, gamers can choose to enter Blizzard's beta tests from the Beta Profile page. Simply select the desired franchises and then download and run Blizzard's System Check tool to attach the rig's specs to the beta profile. Once that's completed, it's a matter of playing the waiting game.

"We’ll send you an email letting you know when you’re selected, but please be aware of phishing attempts," Blizzard states. "Some unscrupulous individuals send out falsified emails purporting to be from Blizzard, but are in fact meant to steal your login credentials. For more information on how to identify these emails please refer to our Battle.net Security site."

Blizzard suggests not clicking on any links supplied by emails, but rather to log onto Battle.net and see if a Mists of Pandaria beta license is attached. As for those participating in the WoW Annual Pass promotion, you'll be invited in waves over the course of the beta test. Blizzard will ramp up the number of invites as quickly as possible.

"We’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders based on several factors, including how long your World of Warcraft account has been active and when you signed up for the Annual Pass," Blizzard says. "Keep an eye on your Battle.net account and email for your invite to join the beta test."

Blizzard will primarily focus on getting all the Annual Pass players into the beta first. The number of additional players after that will be based on the team's testing needs. If they require more players, then they'll send out more invites. So far there's no indication as to when the beta testing will end, so there may be room for everyone to play in the beta pool before the expansion goes retail.

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    Ohmybad , March 22, 2012 5:07 AM
    game was good before it became world of casualcraft :-(
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    Ohmybad , March 22, 2012 5:07 AM
    game was good before it became world of casualcraft :-(
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    crisan_tiberiu , March 22, 2012 5:27 AM
    they will win back temporary some of the old Subs then they fall back again and keep losing more imo...
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    Microgoliath , March 22, 2012 5:32 AM
    Agreed @ ohmybad

    And my one friend had the balls to tell me that cata is better than tbc, and is much harder pvp / pve. Ofc he didn't play tbc and just started at wotlk which is also easy mode.
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    Ragnar-Kon , March 22, 2012 5:39 AM
    As an old WoW player who still follows the game, it seems as though Blizzard has learned a lot after the lackluster Cataclysm expansion. I personally haven't seriously played since Burning Crusade, but Mists could change that.

    That said, I don't think it'll bring the sub count back to the old level. Face it, WoW is a 8 year old game, it isn't going to pull in 12 million people anymore. BUT, I do think it has a chance to stop the bleed that Cataclysm started.
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    kanoobie , March 22, 2012 6:23 AM
    How did they go from looking like WCIII characters to Kung Fu Panda characters?
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    dummos , March 22, 2012 6:50 AM
    the game for me died after lichking was released and all the gear you worked so hard for was given to random dungeon spammers a month later
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    Raidur , March 22, 2012 8:23 AM
    Milking the cow while they can.

    They're awaiting the D3 cash-out.

    All MMOs die (in a sense). Veterans usually end up playing private, classic emulations and whatnot. I'm sure Blizzard has another something up their sleeves.
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    Goldengoose , March 22, 2012 9:24 AM
    RaidurMilking the cow while they can.They're awaiting the D3 cash-out.All MMOs die (in a sense). Veterans usually end up playing private, classic emulations and whatnot. I'm sure Blizzard has another something up their sleeves.

    Titan
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    willard , March 22, 2012 10:44 AM
    goldengooseTitan

    Which they announced more than a year ago. There was even an article mentioning it on this site just yesterday.
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    sporkimus , March 22, 2012 10:54 AM
    The game was a lot more fun when you had to actually put in work for your gear, not just spamming dungeons and buying it. I started playing just before BC came out, and to me, I still that BC was the best xpac they have released so far. With each xpac that releases, the game just gets more and more catered to the casuals. Yes I understand from a business perspective that the "casual" model helps make it more appealing to a broader range of customers, but at the same time it takes away a lot of the sense of reward of actually earning gear/items.
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    pacostrano , March 22, 2012 11:11 AM
    KanoobieHow did they go from looking like WCIII characters to Kung Fu Panda characters?


    btw Pandaren are from Warcraft 3
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    g00fysmiley , March 22, 2012 11:21 AM
    been playing since origional wow, but i've never gotten into any beta's trying agian, hope i get into the pool this time :)  and as stated above pandaren have been in warcraft universe before , the pandaren brewemaster
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    aracheb , March 22, 2012 11:53 AM
    KanoobieHow did they go from looking like WCIII characters to Kung Fu Panda characters?

    lol.

    pandaren is from the original WC3 before kung fu panda was even a mere mist in the mind of his creator.
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    bucknutty , March 22, 2012 12:11 PM
    I got wow the first day it came out, and I played the hell out of it. I had 4 level 60 when BC came out. Its an amazing game but after 2 or 3 years i just had to find something new.
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    jaber2 , March 22, 2012 1:31 PM
    MoP beta has been out since last night, I imagine there will be a level 90 Pandoren tonight on beta servers, the auto-attack is still not working on male but works on female panda's.
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    nforce4max , March 22, 2012 2:26 PM
    This is for those who haven't gotten the new about the new beta items, spells, tallents ect.

    http://mop.wowhead.com/search?q=date%3A2012-03-22#items:0-2+1
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , March 22, 2012 4:29 PM
    I liked the game, but I never had time play. I would spend half my time traveling with no way to save my progress, it wasn't worth 15 a month.
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    robochump , March 22, 2012 6:57 PM
    Kung-Fu Panda anyone??? heh
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    bmtphoenix , March 22, 2012 7:05 PM
    GreaseMonkey_62I liked the game, but I never had time play. I would spend half my time traveling with no way to save my progress, it wasn't worth 15 a month.


    No way to save your progress? You trolling?
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