Explorers from both the Horde and the Alliance will be able to explore the long-lost content of Pandaria, uncovering its ancient mysteries (and meeting its unusual inhabitants, the Pandaren).
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment explains:
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. 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.
In Australia, Mists of Pandaria will be released on DVD for both Windows (XP / Vista / 7) and Macintosh, for a suggested price of AU$59.95 - check your local pricing, and remember this expansion is also available digitally, directly from WorldofWarcraft.com.
...at least, that's the standard edition. There's also a Collector's Edition, packed with bonus items, which you can only get from retail stores. You'll pay a little bit extra (recommended AU$99.95), but you'll get a bunch of stuff.
Then - for the first time - there's also the opportunity for World of Warcraft fans to pick up the Digital Deluxe edition, which includes all of the in-game bonus items but without the need to buy a boxed copy. This is only available directly from WorldofWarcraft.com.
So... what is actually in the Digital Deluxe Edition of Mists of Pandaria? Glad you asked! The pack comes with a full digital copy of the expansion, plus the following exclusive in-game bits and pieces:
Then there's the Collector's Edition, which features all of the above in-game items, plus the following exclusives:
...if you're on the fence, then pick up a standard edition now, and upgrade to the Digital Deluxe when the mood strikes you, as long as stocks last.
Presales for the digital versions are now live - if you want to jump into Mists of Pandaria the moment the servers are launched, you'd better hop to it and plonk your money down. Check with your local retailers to find out what deals are available.
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