WoW: Mists of Pandaria sets date, preorders open

Finally, Blizzard has set a date. The fourth World of Warcraft expansion, the cute and cuddly Mists of Pandaria will be hitting our shelves (both virtual and retail) starting September 25th.

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

…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

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:

  • World of Warcraft In-Game Mount: Take to the skies of Azeroth astride the mystical Imperial Quilen flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft In-Game Pet: Journey across Pandaria with the Lucky Quilen Cub at your side.
  • StarCraft II Portraits: Bring the Horde and Alliance rivalry to the far reaches of the Koprulu sector with exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar portraits.
  • Diablo III Banner Sigil and Accent: Display your status as a hero of Pandaria with the iconic markings of World of Warcraft’s newest playable race, the pandaren.

Then there’s the Collector’s Edition, which features all of the above in-game items, plus the following exclusives:

  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-Ray: Learn about the creation of Pandaria with this two-disc set featuring over an hour of commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD: Experience 20 orchestral pieces from Mists of Pandaria.
  • The Art of Mists of Pandaria Book: Explore this 208-page hardcover tome featuring never-before-seen pieces from the expansion, from early concepts to final 3D renderings.
  • Chen Stormstout Mouse Pad: Equip your desk with this special-edition mouse pad featuring the legendary pandaren brewmaster.

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…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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