Mists of Pandaria, the fourth expansion pack for the evergreen MMO World of Warcraft, is to be released on September 25.
Mists of Pandaria will be released on Windows PC and on Mac with a retail price likely to be around £29.99. The expansion will also be available to download, should you prefer it that way.
A special Collector's Edition full of goodies is also to be released (expect to pay around £59.99 for that), and a Digital Deluxe version will also be released, meaning the gamers who download will still get all the in-game perks from the Collector's Edition (that one will cost £39.99). Pre-orders are already up and running.
"Mists of Pandaria contains the biggest variety of new content we've ever created for a World of Warcraft expansion, with features that will appeal to new players, veterans, and everyone in between," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
"We've received a lot of great feedback from players during our most extensive beta test yet, and we hope they enjoy exploring everything Pandaria has to offer when the expansion comes out in September."
Fans of the MMO can look forward to a new playable race (the Pandaren) and new starting zone and quests, a new character class (the Monk), and a new continent to explore as they charge towards the increased level cap (now up to 90).
The Digital Deluxe version will include:
- 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.
The Collector's Edition will include:
- 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.