Exciting news, everyone!
Yesterday, at roughly 2pm UK time, Blizzard Entertainment announced a release date for the upcoming expansion, “Mists of Pandaria”, and began accepting pre-orders through the Battle.net site.
Mists of Pandaria will launch globally at midnight on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012.
Heroes of Azeroth, prepare to embark for an exotic new frontier! World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ is launching on September 25, 2012, and you can be ready to play when the servers go live by pre-purchasing the game digitally. Plus, for the first time ever, players will have the option to upgrade a pre-purchase to the all-new Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes with all of the in-game items from the retail Collector’s Edition.
Beginning September 25, 2012, World of Warcraft players around the world will be able to set sail for the long-lost continent of Pandaria, where they’ll explore forgotten dungeons, vanquish risen evils, and play their part in the Horde-Alliance conflict as it reaches a critical breaking point.
Whether you plan to level your existing character to 90 or start fresh with a new Pandaren Monk, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your adventure. Simply log in to your Battle.net account, and then pre-purchase Mists of Pandaria. You’ll then be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to release so you’ll be ready to go when the game launches.
During the pre-purchase process, you’ll have the option to grab either the Mists of Pandaria Standard Edition for €34.99/£29.99 or the all-new Digital Deluxe edition for €49.99/£39.99 — or, if you snag the standard edition now and decide you want to upgrade to Digitial Deluxe later, you’ll have the opportunity to do so for an additional €15/£10.
The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of the expansion, as well as a selection of Pandaria-inspired in-game content for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. If you’re looking for even more plunder, a special Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition with additional bonus items will also be available exclusively at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of €69.99/£59.99.
For more details on the September 25, 2012 release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, be sure to hit the official press release, or head to our new Mists of Pandaria game page to learn more about the expansion and pre-purchase your digital copy.
*When you pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on September 25, 2012.
I snagged a Digital Deluxe edition the moment I was able to for the in-game bonuses for World of WarCraft, StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3. I have bought Collector’s Editions in the past but this time, the Digital Deluxe Edition will do nicely. I’m a sucker for in-game extras.
I now have two months to finish my preparations for the expansion and make sure my addons and user interface work.
See you in Pandaria!