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

New area of portly panda people possible

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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