WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA ARRIVES 25th SEPTEMBER

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Fourth expansion brings tides of war to the shores of a long-lost continent

Digital Deluxe and Retail Collector’s Editions revealed

Presales NOW LIVE

PARIS, France – 25th July, 2012 – Land, ho! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, the fourth expansion set for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be available in stores and online starting from 25th September, 2012.

Upon the expansion’s release, intrepid explorers of the Alliance and the Horde will be able to set foot upon the shores of the long-lost continent of Pandaria and embark on a perilous journey to uncover its ancient mysteries.

Mists of Pandaria will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a suggested retail price of £29.99. The expansion will also be available digitally directly from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft website (www.WorldofWarcraft.com), also priced at £29.99.

A special Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items will be available exclusively in retail stores for a suggested retail price of £59.99. In addition, for the first time, World of Warcraft players have the option to purchase a special Digital Deluxe version of the expansion containing the in-game bonus items from the Collector’s Edition. The Digital Deluxe version is available to download directly from Blizzard via www.WorldofWarcraft.com for £39.99. Players who purchase the standard edition digitally or at retail will have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version at any time (for as long as the standalone Digital Deluxe version remains available) for an additional £10.

Presales for the standard digital and Digital Deluxe versions of Mists of Pandaria are now live. Players who would like to purchase either version and be ready to play the moment the expansion launches can do so now by visiting www.WorldofWarcraft.com. The expansion content will automatically be digitally delivered to pre-purchasers via World of Warcraft’s streaming launcher prior to the release of Mists of Pandaria. Players who would like to preorder the standard box or the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition can do so by visiting their local retailer.
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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”

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 DVD-ROM 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.

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, warships of the Alliance and Horde clash off the coast of a long-lost continent, signaling the start of a new era of discovery and conquest in the history of Azeroth. As players storm the shores of this exotic new frontier and begin to explore its mysteries, they’ll encounter brave new allies, unearth ancient secrets, and play their part in reigniting the long-brewing conflict between the Horde and Alliance on a strange battlefield far from home.

Mists of Pandaria offers a wide variety of content for new and returning World of Warcraft players. Features include a new playable race (the pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests, a new character class (the monk), and an expansive new continent for players to explore as they adventure to the new level cap of 90. The expansion also includes a host of new gameplay elements designed to give players even more ways to enjoy the game, including scenarios – a flexible new kind of cooperative PvE trial; challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria’s 5-player dungeons; and an all-new pet battle system.

In addition to the English version, Mists of Pandaria will be fully localised into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and for the first time with a World of Warcraft expansion launch, Italian. Availability of Mists of Pandaria in mainland China will be announced at a later date.

Raptr to give away 5,000 beta keys for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria as a new reward !

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Gamers Eligible to Redeem Beta Key of Highly Anticipated Expansionon July 5, 2012

WHO:
World of Warcraft players who have been waiting to get their hands on the limited Mists of Pandaria beta now have the opportunity to get in on the action through Raptr Rewards.

WHAT:
Raptr will give away 5,000 beta keys for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria to Raptr users as a new reward. The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria reward is one of many available to gamers just for playing their favorite titles.

In Mists of Pandaria, players will be able to explore an all-new continent while reaching new heights of power on their way to an increased level cap of 90. In addition, adventurers can choose whether to side with the Horde or the Alliance as World of Warcraft’s first neutral race – the  pandaren – and master the ways of Pandaria’s ancient martial arts as the all-new  monk class.

WHEN:
Gamers can begin redeeming the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria reward on July 5, 2012 on Raptr.com, but are highly encouraged to join today as all rewards will be offered on a rolling first come, first served basis.

WHERE:
Gamers can learn about and view available Raptr Rewards at http://raptr.com/rewards.

HOW:
Eligibility to redeem rewards will be based on games played and ranks earned on Raptr; ranks are determined by time played and achievements unlocked. The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria reward is available in all regions with the exception of China and Korea. All rewards will be offered on a rolling first come, first served basis. More details about the reward and who is eligible to earn it will be available on July 5, 2012.

WHY:
Gamers are encouraged to join Raptr to take advantage of this beta key offer, along with numerous other current and future rewards via Raptr Rewards. More than 350,000 rewards have already been granted; rewards include free videogames, downloadable content, beta codes, and major discounts.