Blizzard trademarks ‘Mists of Pandaria,’ panda-philes hopeful for World of Warcraft expansion

Blizzard Entertainment filed to trademark the name “Mists of Pandaria” yesterday with two different goods and services descriptions:

Computer game software; computer game discs; computer game software and related instruction manuals and guides sold together as a unit; downloadable computer game software; computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; downloadable electronic games via the internet and wireless devices; interactive multimedia computer game program; mousepads

Entertainment services, namely, providing on-line computer games; providing computer games that may be accessed via a global computer network; providing online news and information in the field of computer games; entertainment services, namely, conducting contests online and providing a website for organizing, planning and executing events between computer game players and interest groups

While they're remarkably non-specific descriptions, neither one sounds much like a new book or anime-crossover series based on WoW lore. We think it's much more likely that Mists of Pandaria is the name of the next expansion and wouldn’t be surprised at all if the official announcement came this October at BlizzCon 2011. If Blizzard does announce it, releasing the expansion during the first half of 2012 would fit right into the company's five-year plan.

If the name sounds unusual to you, Pandaria is the ancient island nation of the pandarens, a race of panda-people that has never been visited by outsiders The empire was founded before the Great Sundering of the world and remained in isolation since the Night Elves were driven mad by their thirst for magical power.

The pandaren race was originally conceived as an April Fools' joke when Blizzard claimed they would be the “fifth race” for Warcraft III, thinking the idea of a race of panda bears was pretty silly.

That joke wasn't as funny as everyone thought.

Aug 3, 2011

Source: TARR


  • papergoon - August 6, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    wow it's incredible how racist some of you can get regarding pandas. enough with the chinese hate, doesn't do you any good seriously. they're black, white and asian. you don't get more multi-racial than that. recaptcha: small heratian - thanks, "small" :/
  • oni - August 5, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    I hate Pandas. They just sit there and each ONE particular type of bamboo...and that's about it. In the media they are shown as p0werful masters of the deadly arts. Here's one with a Katana sword. It's obvious Blizzard is trying to tap in more Chinese players. They have just allowed Diablo 3 players to do gold farming so why not do it also on WoW? Especially when they already have the world's expert gold farmers on WoW- Chinese players.
  • Manguy17 - August 4, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    if they become a playable race i will defo go back to wow for a month or two. PANDA DEATHKNIGHT!!!
  • Zeb364 - August 4, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    Well they've already included dapper lycantropes so why not noble pandas?
  • ObliqueZombie - August 4, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    LMFAO, if that's a playable race. I mean, who'd play that... *anxiously thinks of a new panda-related name*
  • ranzatsu - August 4, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    The panda with the kimono's hands look terrifying. Like it's reaching out to grab your neck. And they don't look cute.
  • MrSprinklez - August 4, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    @IceHawk79 I though Blizzard didn't want China using World of Warcraft and Starcraft in their amusement parks, and I would love this to be the next expansion.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - August 3, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    Hmm...that would certainly make for an interesting expansion. I dig it.
  • ZhugeLiang - August 3, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    This will be a most excellent solution to the conservation problems pandas are facing today. Blizzard can simply replace them with a race of beloved digital warrior pandas.
  • Clorben - August 3, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Awesome! if they do this i might actually want to play WoW again! I love Pandarens are my favorite race EVER
  • IceHawk79 - August 3, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    I thought China didnt want Blizzard using Pandas in WoW? Eh, I hope this isnt the next expansion.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 3, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    Aren't giant pandas suppose to be more...Chinese? That picture looks more like that story Lone Wolf and Cub. I don't play Wow, but this still piques my interest a little...

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