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Blizzard Announces WoW: Mists of Pandaria Launch Events

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Blizzard's local launch event for Mists of Pandaria will be on September 24 in Irvine, California.

Blizzard announced on Tuesday the global launch events for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria on September 24. Key retailers in the US, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and the region of Taiwan will have festivities and offer attendees early retail access to the upcoming expansion pack. Members of the World of Warcraft development team will even be on hand at many of the official launch events to meet players and sign their copies of the game.

For those living in or near Irvine, California, Blizzard's launch party will take place at 9 p.m. at the Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center on September 24. Attendees will be treated to a stage presentation featuring an evening of activities, special guests, giveaways, and entertainment -- including a "challenge-mode challenge" between Blizzard employees and members of the community -- before the expansion goes on sale at midnight.

"We can't wait to meet up with players around the world and celebrate with them at the official launch events," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "A lot of hard work and long hours went into making Mists of Pandaria a truly epic expansion, so we're really looking forward to coming together and having some fun with the community before everyone takes off for the new continent."

In addition to Blizzard’s California house party, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight local time to sell early copies of the expansion as soon as it's available (as always, check with local retailers for further details). Up for sale will be the $39.99 standard edition, and the $79.99 Collector's Edition which includes the following:

* A World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray two-disc set including over an hour of developer interviews and commentary
* The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition soundtrack CD
* The Art of Mists of Pandaria, a 208-page hardback tome including never-before-seen artwork from the development process
* World of Warcraft Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft II Battle.net portraits, and Diablo III banner sigil and accent
* A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster

Players will also be able to purchase an activation code for the Digital Deluxe edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $59.99) at select retailers. The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of Mists of Pandaria as well as the digital items from the retail exclusive Collector's Edition.

For more information about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com.

 

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    iknowhowtofixit , September 5, 2012 12:10 AM
    "For more information about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com."

    Can't even make it a hyperlink?
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    schnitter , September 5, 2012 1:54 AM
    So Toms, how much did Blizz+Activision pay you to type this out? I bet a fraction of how much they will pay IGN and GameSpot to give them a 9 or higher rating just like they did to Diablo III and the game still sucks.
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    zeratul600 , September 5, 2012 2:20 AM
    just because you dont like the game doesnt mean that the game sucks... how many other games have a 8 -10 million people paying 15 bucks per month??? i personally beleive that borderlands its the best game ever! and im pretty sure that a lot of people hate it! for me the game doesn't suck!
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    deicided , September 5, 2012 2:37 AM
    No love for Australia...blizz Dafuq seriously
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    Pennanen , September 5, 2012 4:19 AM
    zeratul600just because you dont like the game doesnt mean that the game sucks... how many other games have a 8 -10 million people paying 15 bucks per month??? i personally beleive that borderlands its the best game ever! and im pretty sure that a lot of people hate it! for me the game doesn't suck!

    Million flies cant be wrong about shit being tasty. Right?
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    fuzzion , September 5, 2012 4:30 AM
    Thank god GW2 is here.
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    shahrooz , September 5, 2012 7:37 AM
    PennanenMillion flies cant be wrong about shit being tasty. Right?

    lol I bet if you were a fly shit was tasty how do you even compare using this logic...
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    NuclearShadow , September 5, 2012 8:44 AM
    zeratul600just because you dont like the game doesnt mean that the game sucks... how many other games have a 8 -10 million people paying 15 bucks per month??? i personally beleive that borderlands its the best game ever! and im pretty sure that a lot of people hate it! for me the game doesn't suck!


    Never apply numeric majority to justify what is right. That is extremely dangerous thinking that had lead to countless acts in history that lead to terrible things. While it is harmless to apply it to a video-game you still have shown that you are subject to use this flawed logical conclusion. It would be best if you cease practice of this.

    You are free to feel however you like about World of Warcraft but do so because of your own reasons. Tell us why you like the game, and share a meaningful personal opinion.
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    rantoc , September 5, 2012 10:35 AM
    schnitterSo Toms, how much did Blizz+Activision pay you to type this out? I bet a fraction of how much they will pay IGN and GameSpot to give them a 9 or higher rating just like they did to Diablo III and the game still sucks.


    Considering how much negative articles that Tom's have written about Diablo 3 (and rightfully so for the most part) i expect zero.
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    giovanni86 , September 5, 2012 10:39 AM
    Got my CE paid off, debating if i want be at Irvine for it or just pick it up at gamestop mmm 5 minute drive, 30 minute drive mmmmm. Looking forward to this although i should be in game already, Armored kill for BF3 has me really pumped up delaying my re-entry into WoW.
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    rebel1280 , September 5, 2012 1:33 PM
    NuclearShadowNever apply numeric majority to justify what is right. That is extremely dangerous thinking that had lead to countless acts in history that lead to terrible things. While it is harmless to apply it to a video-game you still have shown that you are subject to use this flawed logical conclusion. It would be best if you cease practice of this.You are free to feel however you like about World of Warcraft but do so because of your own reasons. Tell us why you like the game, and share a meaningful personal opinion.

    Dude... what you said + your name = Epic (and true honestly)
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    d_kuhn , September 5, 2012 2:35 PM
    So GW2 folks... how's it playing? Worth a try?
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    MasterMace , September 5, 2012 2:38 PM
    Game is going to be the same crap recycled.

    -3 Major Patches until the next Expansion.
    -"Balance at (Current Max Level) is not Balance at (New Max Level)."
    -"First content is supposed to be easy, it's entry level."
    -"Damage isn't too high, just look at the boss fights"

    *First patch*
    -"We need to nerf these pve abilities to balance pvp"
    -"The amount of online guides makes our content cleared faster than we expected"
    -"What do you care about how much easier it is to get the older items, you're passed it!"

    *Second Patch*
    -"We need to buff the abilities we just nerfed because we went too far"
    -"We're going to buff resilience to make pvp fights last longer"
    -"Avoidance is not too high, it'll be fine"

    *Third Patch*
    -"We're putting a zone wide debuff to lower avoidance to make healing less boring"
    -"We're putting in a debuff in pvp to lower healing"
    -"subscriptions are naturally lower later into an expansion because people are waiting for the next one!"

    [End with 40% less population]
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    spartanmk2 , September 5, 2012 5:15 PM
    Waiting a month or so after launch to see what folks think of it. $40 bucks for another Cataclysm = no thanks
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    aracheb , September 5, 2012 5:46 PM
    spartanmk2Waiting a month or so after launch to see what folks think of it. $40 bucks for another Cataclysm = no thanks

    i got it for 20 or less.. if i don't remember and got cheaper when i called to cancel the order..
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    aracheb , September 5, 2012 5:48 PM
    by the way dont forget to mention GW2 when they ask you if there is any specific reason why you want to cancel your order
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    Abion47 , September 5, 2012 5:54 PM
    NuclearShadowNever apply numeric majority to justify what is right. That is extremely dangerous thinking that had lead to countless acts in history that lead to terrible things. While it is harmless to apply it to a video-game you still have shown that you are subject to use this flawed logical conclusion. It would be best if you cease practice of this.You are free to feel however you like about World of Warcraft but do so because of your own reasons. Tell us why you like the game, and share a meaningful personal opinion.


    Here's my meaningful opinion. World of Warcraft is one of the worst games to come out in recent history.The game mechanics are all grind-grind-grind, the story quests are few and far between, and the reasoning behind doing anything is circular. I once asked a friend why he went on the same raids week after week, and he told me, "So I can get awesome gear." I then asked him why he needed the awesome gear, and he said, "So I can go on more raids." What kind of logic is that?

    I've been told that all of the best parts of the game are in the end game at the latest expansion. That is the stupidest model for a game I have ever seen. Basically it says that in order to get the most out of the game, not only do you need to buy the game with all of its expansions (over $100 in total at retail), but you need to get to whatever level cap (I'm assuming it will be 90 in MoP), which based on a couple Google searches takes a bare mimimum of two weeks. I don't care how good the end game of World of Warcraft is. I am not spending $100+ and two weeks just so I can get to "the good parts". If a game isn't engaging within the first couple of hours, then it is a game that was poorly designed.

    Frankly, there are only two things that keep WoW open. First is the world, which is both huge and recognizable to people who have played the other Warcraft games. Second is the social aspect of MMOs in general - I guarantee you that if WoW didn't have guilds or clans or ways to play with friends, it would've burned out long ago.

    That said, I still expect this new expansion to fly off the shelves like MW3, because gamers don't care about their own opinions when there's a shiny new game with flashy cinematics that has been hyped like a boss.
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    jesh4622 , September 6, 2012 6:39 AM
    So by the way, GW2 is awesome. Elementalist ftw.