World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the next big expansion for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, has finally received a release date. Blizzard has confirmed that it’s going to debut the next add-on on September 25, both as a digital download and a retail product, in multiple forms, including a regular, digital deluxe, and Collector’s Edition.
World of Warcraft may be experiencing a drop in terms of active subscribers
, but this isn’t stopping Blizzard from working on new content in order to draw in new players and veterans.
The next big expansion is Mists of Pandaria, which is going to introduce a whole new continent, in the form of Pandaria, as well as a new race, the Pandaren, not to mention plenty of new gameplay mechanics.
After a lengthy wait, Blizzard has now confirmed that it’s going to release World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria on September 25 for PC and Mac platforms.
The game will be available as a standard version, both digitally and in retail stores, for $39.99/€39.99.
Those that want a better experience, however, can opt for either a special Collector’s Edition ($79.99/€79.99), available in retail stores, or a Digital Deluxe one ($59.99/€59.99), available from the Battle.net website.
The Digital Deluxe version of Mists of Pandaria includes a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following exclusive in-game bonus items:
- 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 Battle.net Portraits: Bring the Horde and Alliance rivalry to the far reaches of the Koprulu sector with exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar Battle.net 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.
The Collector’s Edition of Mists of Pandaria includes the full version of the game on DVDs and contains the following exclusive bonus items, in addition to the in-game content from the Digital Deluxe version:
- 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.
Those who get the regular version of the game can upgrade to the Digital Deluxe one by paying $20/€20.
Look forward to hearing more about World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria as we get closer to its launch date in September.