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Blizzard trademarks Mists of Pandaria

Is Mists of Pandaria the next World of Warcraft expansion? It seems that Blizzard may have let the proverbial Pandaren out of the bag, as it's revealed the company has registered a brand new trademark.

World of Warcraft: Pandaren Monk

Pandaren Monk

And yes, Blizzard does create a bunch of products that aren't just games. "This could well be a book," I hear you cry. Potentially, yes. The registration doesn't specifically state that this is a video game - not in so many words, anyway. But the trademark is registered under international codes 009 and 041 - exactly the same codes used on the company's other online games trademarks. (That is, "Computer game software" and "Entertainment services", by the way.)

...seems less likely to be a page turner now, right?

The timing also hints that this is an expansion we're likely to see at BlizzCon. In previous years, we've seen both Cataclysm and Wrath of the Lich King filed in late June (2009 and 2007 respectively), both mere months ahead of the celebration of all things Blizzard.

So - what does this all mean?
Current thinking is that Mists of Pandaria will open up a new bunch of islands in Azeroth, giving gamers an opportunity to get out and explore the world a bit more. Deathwing has - predictably - met his demise, and there's plenty more terrain for the Alliance and the Horde to battle over.

Pandaria itself is an ancient, distant island (presumably a misty one), with ties to both the Pandaren and the Night Elves. Of course, the big question now is how large a role Samwise's beloved Pandaren - the panda people - will play in the game. Will they simply be the native inhabitants, or are we looking at the next playable race?

BlizzCon kicks off in Anaheim on October.

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4 Responses to “Blizzard trademarks Mists of Pandaria”

  1. Mythor says:

    If they add playable Pandarens I will resubscribe to WoW. Panda Power! :)

  2. orobourous says:

    This expansion idea gets trollied out every year around this time and almost every time we get the same response from Blizzard, which is that Asia does not allow them to depict the potential violence to endangered animals (pandas) and by showing it they cannot sell the game in Asian countries.

    The Panderans will never be a playable race, sorry guys. I know it sucks.

    • Jessica Citizen says:

      Heh, that idea gets brought up every time that Pandaren are discussed. There is no law in China that prohibits virtual violence against pandas or other endangered animals. Pandaren were featured in Warcraft 3, as well as in current MMOs like Perfect World.

      China has objected to skeletons, which were found to be offensive, but pandas are – at this stage – not a problem.

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