Blizzard's Mists of Pandaria Expansion Now Available

Late Monday night Blizzard announced the launch of Mists of Pandaria, the fourth expansion pack for its popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. It's now available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. The expansion is expected to be available in South Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on September 27, and then launch in mainland China on October 2.

"Mists of Pandaria takes players back to the roots of World of Warcraft -- exploration, discovery, and the epic conflict between the Alliance and the Horde," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "It also contains the widest variety of content that we've ever added in an expansion, and we're excited to be able to share it with players around the world this week in our first truly global launch."

World of Warcraft fans can grab Mists of Pandaria in digital format directly from Blizzard's website for $39.99 USD, or purchase a physical copy on DVD-ROM (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh) for $39.99 USD in local retail stores as well.

Also up for grabs is a Digital Deluxe version costing $59.99 which can be purchased through Blizzard, or as an activation code from retailers. This package will include the digital version of the expansion pack, and the digital items offered in the physical retail-based Collector's Edition.

"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," Blizzard said.

As for the physical retail Collector's Edition, it costs $79.99 USD and includes:

* Game Disc
* 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
* A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster
* World of Warcraft Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft II portraits, and Diablo III banner sigil and accent

Mists of Pandaria has received a Teen rating from the ESRB. In addition to the English version, Mists of Pandaria is available fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and for the first time with a World of Warcraft expansion launch, Italian. Perfecto!

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  • frombehind
  • Crabbadabba
    The worst themed World of Warcraft expansion yet.
  • dgingeri
    My CE from Amazon has just been delivered.
  • lol kung fu panda, no thanks im having a blast with Guild Wars 2
  • XZaapryca
    Last night was crazy, but it was just more of the same. Trying to sink a damn boat while 200 other people do the same, lame and ground my fps to 10 from a pegged 60.

    Still, it's better than watching TV. All my shows are done for the season.
  • robochump
    Well it is about time WoW gave props to its huge Asian fan base. Its just a game and tho I too think its too kiddie for me its still one of the better MMOs out there.
  • Netherscourge
    I'm happy to announce that this silly pile of commercialized garbage is NOT on my PC!

    And neither is WoW anymore!

  • smakadopolis
    Is this where we post our useless, negative comments to try to be cool kids?
    It isn't?
    Oh okay.
    If I could downvote you goons more than once, I would.

    On topic:
    My hour or so of MOP was fairly enjoyable. I'm somewhat fired up to get geared up and attempt time runs and some of the other new features. The clusters of people are a bit annoying, but that always thins out and is just what happens with new content. I'd rather see too many people than none at all, right? :P
  • InvalidError
    I got tired of paying for the game + monthly fee.

    Considering how much WoW sucks when you jump back in mid-patch/mid-expansion for any reason and I still feel rather indifferent to MoP, my WoW days are probably over... don't feel like putting up with "must know 11 out of 10" bosses BS again.
  • QEFX
    robochumpWell it is about time WoW gave props to its huge Asian fan base. Its just a game and tho I too think its too kiddie for me its still one of the better MMOs out there.
    I can't wait till the next xpac: Attack on Monster Island. The final boss will be Godzilla.

    Oh and don't forget MoP adds WoW Pokemon.