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Latest expansion in the World of Warcraft franchise takes players to the lost island of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria will launch on September 25th

Blizzard has announced that the widely anticipated fourth expansion for its hugely successful MMO World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, will launch on September 25th.

The latest expansion takes players to the long-lost continent of Pandaria and puts them in control of its long-awaited, native race, the Pandaren.

Other features include the all-new monk as a playable class, an increased level cap of 90, a whole new continent to explore and quest within, as well as new scenarios, challenge modes and a Pokemon-esque pet battling system.

At a time full of struggling MMOs, declining subscriber numbers and successful free-to-play alternatives, it’s a plentiful offering to lure players back to Azeroth.

The expansion will be available in a number of different editions.

A standard retail copy of the game will set you back £29.99, which will also be available online through direct digital download.

The digital deluxe version is priced at £39.99 and is only available through download from Blizzard’s store but includes a variety of exclusive content, such as an exclusive in-game mount and pet.

Finally, a collector’s edition of the title will be available and will include all of the above, along with:

– 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.

"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," said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime.

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