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Pandas lead the way: Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft

A new expansion pack for World of Warcraft is on the way: Mists of Pandaria. Yes, we are talking Pandas dressed like monks.

The annual Blizzcon event started today and several new trailers were released as part of the festivities. Each of the major game franchises, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, saw major announcements take place during the opening ceremonies, but as a WoW player I was most intrigued by the announcement of the next expansion pack for World of Warcraft.

The Mists of Pandaria is still a bit of a mystery when it comes to the complete story, but I am sensing a sort of Zen revelation coming that will help explain, if not mitigate, the fractiousness in-fighting taking place throughout the game. The new fighting class of Monk will be a nice addition to the game too - one of my favorite classes traditional to the fantasy MMORPG.

No firm announcement on when the Mists of Pandaria will be released, but you can bet the development is well under way. And judging by this official trailer, it is going to be a fascinating addition to the game.


Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.


random survey of my friends. ...about 60% of them weren't too excited about this. One did make a comment that this "New" race was already introduced back in warcraft III. I'll bet that game would be cheap right now if you can find it anywhere. :)

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