World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria preview

Posted: July 31, 2012 in PC Games

The Mists of Pandaria expansion is rolling over Azeroth. With it, comes a new race of Pandaren warriors, sweeping changes to the talent system, Pokemon-style pet battles, and more. Check out our hands-on impressions, and get your first glimpse of a lady Pandaren…

The MMO that needs no introduction is about to get its fourth expansion. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria will introduce a beautiful lost continent of ancient mystery, a new race of panda warriors, pet battles, a uniquely overhauled talent system, renovated dungeons and the versatile Monk class. All this and more awaits players in Blizzard’s upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion.

“This is not the World of Peacecraft,” joked Chris Messen, senior VP of creative development at Blizzard Entertainment. Messen adds some perspective to the upcoming expansion and its beer-loving bears, arguing that while Pandaria is not about an apocalyptic event like in Cataclysm, the overall conflict is evolving.

In Messen’s mind, Mists of Pandaria can be divided into two halves: the box product and the patches, the calm and then the storm. For Messen, the boxed Pandarian adventure is meant to be “the perfect throttle-off chapter…that sense of adventure and exploration from the original brown box WoW.” As for the patches, Messen promises, “the Alliance and Horde are going to go at it in a way that we haven’t seen in a very long time.” He even revealed the climax of the final patch: the siege of Ogrimmar, which finds both factions working to depose Garrosh Hellscream for their own reasons.

                     Above: The Wandering Isle will be the starting area for the new Pandaren race

                     Above: An Alliance group joins Chen Stormstout in the Stormstout Brewery




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