This is the WoW: Mists of Pandaria Opening Sequence

Blizzard sent over a video (below) and a screenshot (above) yanked from the opening sequence to World of Warcraft's fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria. The new content will arrive next month on September 25, offered in DVD format for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh, and in digital form directly from Blizzard's World of Warcraft website, both priced at $39.99 USD.

"You've ended Deathwing's destructive rampage and saved the dragonflights from extinction," reads Blizzard's new description. "Now you must unlock the mysteries of the lost continent and discover the dark secrets of Pandaria's past. Explore ancient kingdoms hidden since before the Sundering, plunder vast treasures from the depths of the forgotten vaults, and rise to defend Pandaria from the shadow of a long buried evil - before it's too late."

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. The Digital Deluxe version will cost $59.99 USD and include a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following exclusive in-game bonus items. 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.

The new expansion features 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. There's also a new level cap of 90, a flexible new kind of cooperative PvE trial, challenge modes and a pet battle system. The opening cinematic embedded below was first presented at Gamescom 2012 this week.

"Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: Why do we fight?" Blizzard says.

  • Serejai
    How much are you guys being paid to advertise for Blizzard these days?
  • davewolfgang
    As one of the posters said on UTube - why doesn't Blizz make some freakin' MOVIES in the style of their trailers.

    Good trailer, only if the game would live up to it.
  • house70
    Kung-fu panda all over again.
    Trailer great, game will be meh, as usual.
  • XZaapryca
    The first SCII trailer still gives me goosebumps and I don't even play the game. The unfortunate reality is that Blizz wants to make money and an MMO with the graphics of a AAA FPS title will NOT get 10mil+ monthly subs. The client system requirements are too high and the server side couldn't handle it, currently. Mayans aside, the future will hopefully be better in this regard.
  • nebun
    i wish actual game play and graphics were as good as this trailer
  • whyso
    who the hell came up with the idea to base it off pandas? Seriously, why, it just seems so weird.
    Trailer was pretty crappy.
  • -Fran-
    "Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: Why do we fight?"

    So, Blizzard... You're finally telling us you'll go faction free and Free for All PvP? Good, Good! I might even consider going back if that's the case; there's a lot of my own faction folks I'd like to slaughter because PvP.

  • -Fran-
    double post *deleted*
  • gerchokas
    So, its obvious the audience being targeted by blizzard... 14, 15 y/o? Is that where the cash is in? Cause no 18+ player would (should?) bare such a stupid concept as panda bears in their game
  • bejabbers
    this looks stupid. I can't believe that blizzard poured resources into this dying game to produce a ridiculous expansion when they would have been better off putting those resources to use making sure that diablo 3 wasn't so messed up on release (and is still messed up).

    This is like trying to save a rotten dying tree while trampling the new sapling beside it.