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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:43am 22/10/11 | 22 Comments
AusGamers is currently walking the massive halls of BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, where the publisher-developer finally revealed the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria.

We're about to catch the panel for the game live, so check back shortly for a more detailed run-down of what to expect, but primarily at the moment, what we know is that an all-new realm is being introduced long with a new race, the Pandaren. There's also a new Monk class, a new level cap of 90, a new Dungeon Challenge Mode and Pet Battle Mode.

Click here for a look at new screens and official details ahead of our BlizzCon preview.



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Eorl
Posted 08:48am 22/10/11
Just saw this. Meh. No real updates to models, no nothing interesting. Still same old WoW from 7 years ago.
Khel
Posted 09:19am 22/10/11
No model updates, yeah, but it certainly doesn't sound like the same old WoW from 7 years ago.
ricky
Posted 09:53am 22/10/11
Cute. But ruins the lore of it's own game.

Shame Blizzard sold-out this franchise so badly.
Khel
Posted 10:32am 22/10/11
The Pandarens have been in the lore for a while actually
jackflash
Posted 10:58am 22/10/11
wow there clutching at straws here.. will Jack Black be voicing any of the characters in the expansion?
gamer
Posted 11:20am 22/10/11
ANOTHER hybrid? /facepalm


also didnt they not use the panda model last expansion because the chinese wouldnt let them because they didnt want to kill their national animal or some bulls***?

last edited by gamer at 11:20:06 22/Oct/11
darkjedi
Posted 11:27am 22/10/11
yeah, the whole "china won't let them use pandas" thing is a load of rubbish. The only issue the Chinese govt. has with WoW is Skeletons or exposed bones etc. That's it.
Eorl
Posted 12:36pm 22/10/11
yeah, the whole "china won't let them use pandas" thing is a load of rubbish. The only issue the Chinese govt. has with WoW is Skeletons or exposed bones etc. That's it.

Actually no they did have a issue with pandas as well.
jconradr
Posted 12:52pm 22/10/11
Thought this was the trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3
Timmeh
Posted 01:06pm 22/10/11
wow......this is s***.
carson
Posted 07:34pm 22/10/11
You'd think they'd flesh out the Emerald Dream or something...
Khel
Posted 02:08am 23/10/11
I'm sure they're still planning too, but I doubt it'll be this expansion. Someone yelled out "Emerald Dream!" at the opening ceremony before they announced the expansion and Chris Metzen said "All in good time". Emerald Dream/Nightmare is gonna be another dark, doom and gloom and death and destruction type affair so it doesn't really fit with the vibe of what they're going for with this expansion.

What makes me sad is there prolly wont be any Old Gods stuff in there either :(
Khel
Posted 05:40am 23/10/11
Just watching the Art panel and the Pandaren were actually originally going to be the alliance race in Burning Crusade, and they already had models made for them and stuff. So maybe Kung-fu panda ripped Blizzard off :P
skythra
Posted 05:38am 23/10/11
Just watching the Art panel and the Pandaren were actually going to be the alliance race in Burning Crusade, and they already had models made for them and stuff. So maybe Kung-fu panda ripped Blizzard off :P

there are a few panderan easter eggs in wc3 if you bother to blink into the right places.. but i think blizzard didn't think of kung-fu panda first, only panda's and they already had a world filled with war, so it was natural they faught. But never specifically kung-fu. at least to my knowledge
ricky
Posted 12:06pm 23/10/11
@Khel I thought the Pandaren were always meant to be childhood fairy tales, but did not actually exist..
Khel
Posted 12:18pm 23/10/11
Maybe they were fairy tales cos they're rare, but I think they were always meant to exist. On the Lore panel just then they were talking about it a bit, they've been spending a s***load of time building proper lore for them, going back like 15,000 years, its not like some joke expansion. The island of Pandaria has apparently been shrouded or lost since before the Sundering (which was 10,000 years ago) and not very many of them ever left Pandaria.

They were actually pretty far through with them in BC, they had the models made, props for them, a starting area, and eventually decided to shelve them till they could do them better justice. They've always been intending on having them in WoW since Warcraft 3 according to Chris Metzen.

I was a bit "wtf" at first also, but the more I hear them talk about it, the more its obvious they're taking it pretty seriously and it isn't just some jumping the shark goof around of an expansion. In fact, I'm more excited now about this expansion than I was for Cataclysm at the same time in it's development cycle.
Obes
Posted 12:24pm 23/10/11
Bring on the monk!

I love the sound of it.
DK
Posted 12:33pm 23/10/11
Posted this in the other but don't no what happened to it

This is a move to attract girls/kids to the game

Eorl
Posted 12:40pm 23/10/11
Well Pandarians were considered a joke class by players and developers. Blizzard even said it themselves that they'd never implement them because they were never really in the lore. Kind of why everyone is pissed off.
Khel
Posted 12:48pm 23/10/11
Oh, and as for the new models for the existing races, they had the Art lead on interviewing him before, and they're actually working on that atm. No word if it will make 5.0, but they're doing work on it and they're keen to get all the other player models up to the quality of the Pandarens.

Well Pandarians were considered a joke class by players and developers. Blizzard even said it themselves that they'd never implement them because they were never really in the lore.


When did they say that? Because everything else they've said is the complete opposite of that. In Chris Metzen's words "Theres no way we'd build a WoW expansion about an April Fool's joke". Just cause they've been used as a joke in the past, doesn't mean the expansion is a joke, they're doing a real job of it. I think people are just doing what people always do, and reacting in a knee-jerk way without getting any details.

Also, just hearing people the developers talk about it, their passion and excitement for it comes accross, more than it ever did for Cataclysm imo. I think thats a large part of what sold me in the end. Plus it just looks damn fun!
Raider
Posted 02:12pm 23/10/11
cata looked fun, i've never quit a game so fast after the first raid content.
Outlaw
Posted 10:09am 24/10/11
I'm gunna kill them
I'm gunna turn them into bacon

rofl


yeah, wow died long ago. glad i got to play it in the beginning. bunch of free MMO wow clones out now aswell.
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