New World of Warcraft expansion announced: Mists of Pandaria

At the BlizzCon opening ceremony, Blizzard officially announced the next expansion to World of Warcraft, and it looks like it might be the weirdest yet. It's called Mists of Pandaria, and it adds the Pandarens to the game. Yeah. That's right. Pandas. Let's do this.

Blizzard says that this expansion will focus on ending the war between Horde and Alliance instead of adding a new big bad to fight. How that will actually work is yet to be known, but we’re sure they know what they’re doing. But who the hell cares about that? There’s more important news to talk about: Pandarens! Warcraft’s Panda race is finally being added to the game as a playable race after years of rumors and speculation, and their homeland of Pandaria is the new continent coming in the expansion. We're beyond excited.

The other additions in Mists of Pandaria are fairly run of the mill when compared to playable pandas: the level cap is being increased to 90, there are new Challenge Mode dungeons being added to the game, a new talent system is going to be included, and Blizzard will be enhancing the pet battle systems. And did we mention pandas? Because there are going to be pandas.

There’s a trailer that we hope to have in the near future. In the meantime, please argue over whether or not World of Warcraft is dead – that should buy us some time to get the footage.

Oct 21, 2011


  • ChaosEternal - October 23, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    Well, this proves it. Blizzard has officially run out of lore to use. They have literally used up every loose end and potentially expanded story and are now pretty much scrounging for whatever scraps of lore that haven't been used. I think the only big bad really left to be used is potentially Sargeras. Either they need more lore or they are planning for the eventual demise of WoW.:P Also, lawl. My captcha had the word "instances" in it.
  • Yaro - October 21, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Here are three more ways you can do the same thing you've been doing since ever. Meh. I'll just wait for Guild Wars 2.
  • TheZigMan - October 21, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    Wow has officially gone batsh-t crazy
  • TitansGuy145 - October 21, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Thought this was a joke when i first saw it. Blizz is really running out of ideas it seems.
  • HamsterGutz - October 21, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    As long as jack black is voicing the pandaren, it should be fine.
  • Linktoreality - October 21, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Perhaps Pandarians will be a neutral race? Questlines that allow players to become neutral with the opposing faction, then pick up quests from them.
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 21, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    I don't even play WoW because I'm not willing to invest the time into it...I'm just posting here out of "perceived obligation"...
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - October 21, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Solidarity for the brothers.
  • LeSieg - October 21, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    Is this a sign that WoW is winding down? Typically the zaniest DLC is a sign of the end of things (Moon, Old World Blues, I don't have a third example as this is just uninformed speculation). I'm very happy for the Panda-fetishists of the world.
  • ObliqueZombie - October 21, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Since I'm not burnt out on WoW, having only played it for two months over the summer and achieved only one level 85, I'd have to say I'm pretty pumped. It looks like an entirely new game at this point. But... unless SWTOR somehow fails to reach my expectations, or it doesn't have enough content to withhold me for too long, this expansion is going on the back burner. Oh, and I'll be playing Skyrim until I die.
  • NullG7 - October 21, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    P.S. I hate this video player. Always cuts out on me halfway through. Is that a doodle of a bunny on the recapta? Thats a black bar. I think this one is ashipte (NICOT,
  • larkan - October 21, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Finally, the nail in the coffin for WoW. Adding another $40 expansion which adds half the content seen in Burning Crusade and WotLK, this will finally drive enough people away that it'll crash and burn.
  • KnowYourPokemon - October 21, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    One expansion has half the content of two you say? That seems just about right to me.
  • MrGeppetto - October 21, 2011 12:17 p.m.

  • Blasto - October 21, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Pandas? Pandas! My money Blizzard, shut up and take it.
  • db1331 - October 21, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    I just had to stop in and say that that pic is awesome.

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