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World of Warcraft: Expansion Named, New Class & Race Included

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,585MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Blizzcon 2011 has kicked off in a big way with the announcement of the new World of Warcraft expansion. Here's what we know:



  • Name: Mists of Pandaria


  • Race: New playable Pandaren race


  • Class: Monk


  • Pet battle system


  • PvE scenarios


  • New talent system


  • New continent


  • Level cap increase to 90


  • Challenge mode dungeons


It sounds like more faction battle will be included in the new expansion. The WoW panel will kick off soon and we'll keep you posted as information becomes available.


 


UPDATE: We have a trio of videos showing off the Jade Forest, Monk animations and a Zone overview. Caveat: These are very rough, filmed on site by Managing Editor Bill Murphy so be nice! :)


 


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  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    Did they just hire Jack Black or something?

    Kung Fu Panda? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?



     

    I used to play with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. The characters were fantastic, e.g., Leonardo, Don, Mike, Raph, Shredder, Krang, Slash, Splinter, etc....

    [Mod Edit].

     

    Moreover, the Monk is probably the dumbest class of all time.



     

    This is WoW.





















     










     



  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member

    Anyone who buys this is very foolish indeed.

  • silverreignsilverreign Whitehouse, TXPosts: 401Member Uncommon

    they are goin down hill fast.

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  • AristabulusAristabulus , AKPosts: 6Member
    The Pandaren did not merely jump over the shark.... He did a back-flip over it also!!! >_>
  • eye_meye_m Notta Chance, ABPosts: 3,133Member Uncommon

    so will there be alliance pandas and horde pandas? 

     

    /undeadpandasadface

    All of my posts are either intelligent, thought provoking, funny, satirical, sarcastic or intentionally disrespectful. Take your pick.

    I get banned in the forums for games I love, so lets see if I do better in the forums for games I hate.

    I enjoy the serenity of not caring what your opinion is.

  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member

    oh boy..i thought you only got stuff like that in asian mmo's

  • mysticalspammysticalspam prairieville, LAPosts: 64Member

    looks like another past blizzard  april fools joke comes true....

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  • Rusty715Rusty715 Ogdan, UTPosts: 482Member

    If I could figure out a good reason for them to do so, I would think Blizz is deliberately trying to kill this game.

    Really? This game sucks and Im not having fun? Im going to unsub right now. Thanks for the tip.

  • DarkPonyDarkPony RotterdamPosts: 5,566Member

    Not really what I expected. Maybe they are animated in an appealing way but ... playable panda race? Black & white chubby bearlike humanoids? Really?

    There's probably a big marketing tactic behind it: 12 year old Chinese girls as a new target group or something or perhaps Swtor's "serious-story-without-easter-eggs" take on a themepark mmorpg made them decide to stress WOW's cartoony aspect a little more in order to be different.

     



     

  • monstermmomonstermmo Glendale, CAPosts: 1,062Member

    I love it lol and i would definitely return just for the panderan monk.

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    Am I the only person who wants to play a drunk Kung Fu panda?

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

  • OziiusOziius Baltimore, MDPosts: 1,388Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by precious328

    Did they just hire Jack Black or something?

    Kung Fu Panda? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?



     

    I used to play with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. The characters were fantastic, e.g., Leonardo, Don, Mike, Raph, Shredder, Krang, Slash, Splinter, etc....

    HOWEVER,

    When they started to get cute with stupid characters like, "Pizza Throwing Raph" and "Rappin' Mike", I thought that was even too gay for a 12 year old.

     

    Moreover, the Monk is probably the dumbest class of all time.



     

    This is WoW.






















     










     

    I swear you guys crack me up.. Pandas!! how could they:

    Arrakoa = bird people

    Centaur= horse people

    Furblogs = bear people

    Gnolls = hyena people

    Kobolds = rat people

    Magnataur = mammoth people

    Murlocs = fish people

    Naga = fish/snake people

    Qiraji/Nerubian = bug people

    Quillboar = boar people

    Taunka = buffalo people

    Tauren = cow people

    Tol'vir = cat people

    Tuskarr = walrus people

    Wildkin/Moonkin = owl people

    Wolvar = wolverine people

    Worgen = wolf people



    I don't see a problem.

  • kostoslavkostoslav somborPosts: 459Member

    There were some pandarens in Warcraf 3, so it was just a matter of time before they put them in WoW

  • Jimmy562Jimmy562 FlimwellPosts: 1,099Member Uncommon

    Wow. Panda's? Really? I know people tend to link WoW with kids but this is a little extreme. Can't see it selling at all well over this side of the pond. 

  • MoleprodMoleprod KvisslebyPosts: 3Member

    Hahaha, I love it! Might have to resub for this one. ;)

  • bakabrödbakabröd lysekilPosts: 129Member

    cool

  • AnthurAnthur StolbergPosts: 686Member Uncommon

    Definately aimed at the asian market. Probably a smart move, money wise.

  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Jimmy562

    Wow. Panda's? Really? I know people tend to link WoW with kids but this is a little extreme. Can't see it selling at all well over this side of the pond. 

    Panda's have been part of WoW lore since forever.    They are not new - but new to be able to play them and explore their lands.

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  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,183Member Uncommon

    Good to see the only issue's this community has (let's face it's anti-wow) is the race, no mension of the new class, PvP focus etc which tells me they secretly love it.  Find out in 20 minutes what the expac is all about though with the panel.

  • snapp69snapp69 Waynesboro, PAPosts: 113Member Uncommon

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  • mysticalspammysticalspam prairieville, LAPosts: 64Member

    Originally posted by Praetalus

    Originally posted by precious328

    Did they just hire Jack Black or something?

    Kung Fu Panda? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?



     

    I used to play with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. The characters were fantastic, e.g., Leonardo, Don, Mike, Raph, Shredder, Krang, Slash, Splinter, etc....

    HOWEVER,

    When they started to get cute with stupid characters like, "Pizza Throwing Raph" and "Rappin' Mike", I thought that was even too gay for a 12 year old.

     

    Moreover, the Monk is probably the dumbest class of all time.



     

    This is WoW.






















     










     

    I swear you guys crack me up.. Pandas!! how could they:

    Arrakoa = bird people

    Centaur= horse people

    Furblogs = bear people

    Gnolls = hyena people

    Kobolds = rat people

    Magnataur = mammoth people

    Murlocs = fish people

    Naga = fish/snake people

    Qiraji/Nerubian = bug people

    Quillboar = boar people

    Taunka = buffalo people

    Tauren = cow people

    Tol'vir = cat people

    Tuskarr = walrus people

    Wildkin/Moonkin = owl people

    Wolvar = wolverine people

    Worgen = wolf people



    I don't see a problem.

    well lets see you can't play a arrkoa... you cant play a centaur... you cant play furbogs... etc why now all a sudden you can play a race that never existred in the game b4........ thats the problem..

     

    disney kungfu panda people should sue em or something... 

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  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Praetalus

    Originally posted by precious328

    Did they just hire Jack Black or something?

    Kung Fu Panda? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?



     

    I used to play with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. The characters were fantastic, e.g., Leonardo, Don, Mike, Raph, Shredder, Krang, Slash, Splinter, etc....

    HOWEVER,

    When they started to get cute with stupid characters like, "Pizza Throwing Raph" and "Rappin' Mike", I thought that was even too gay for a 12 year old.

     

    Moreover, the Monk is probably the dumbest class of all time.



     

    This is WoW.






















     










     

    I swear you guys crack me up.. Pandas!! how could they:

    Arrakoa = bird people

    Centaur= horse people

    Furblogs = bear people

    Gnolls = hyena people

    Kobolds = rat people

    Magnataur = mammoth people

    Murlocs = fish people

    Naga = fish/snake people

    Qiraji/Nerubian = bug people

    Quillboar = boar people

    Taunka = buffalo people

    Tauren = cow people

    Tol'vir = cat people

    Tuskarr = walrus people

    Wildkin/Moonkin = owl people

    Wolvar = wolverine people

    Worgen = wolf people



    I don't see a problem.



    I know - right.  Too funny.

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  • elos_rekatelos_rekat Fitchburg, MAPosts: 106Member

    I would say it's a marketing ploy to attract chinese gold farmers.  their "subscription" numbers must be slipping even in China.

  • PukeBucketPukeBucket Beaverton, ORPosts: 867Member

    Pandaren have been a part of Blizzard's variety of lore for a long time.

    It's cool to see them added.

    Monk class is always nice. Tho' I'd like to have seen Blademaster come in to play as well.

    I used to play MMOs like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

  • DarkPonyDarkPony RotterdamPosts: 5,566Member

    Originally posted by expresso

    Good to see the only issue's this community has (let's face it's anti-wow) is the race, no mension of the new class, PvP focus etc which tells me they secretly love it.  Find out in 20 minutes what the expac is all about though with the panel.

    We can only discuss one thing at a time and right now we have friggin' Panda's on our minds. No worries, we'll get back to you though!

     

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