THE BUZZ: Blizzard today officially announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft, and we can bear-ly contain our excitement.
On internet message boards and among players of the game, one of the longest-rumored updates to WoW is the addition of the Pandaren race. Are they coming? Would Blizzard add them? Has Blizzard avoided including the Pandaren because of problems it would cause in China? Are they already in the game, hidden somewhere? These humanoid panda have served as one of the greatest urban legends and “a friend of a friend has seen them in the game” stories for years now, but with today’s announcement, all of that fun speculation will come to an end.
Yes, today Blizzard has shown off the first details of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, the next expansion for their much-beloved MMORPG. Here’s a rundown of what will be in the expansion.
OUR TAKE: As somebody who hasn’t played World of Warcraft in a while (I haven’t even touched the last expansions, Cataclysm, yet) there’s not much here that’ll cause me to need to join the game again anytime soon. Hopefully for long-time players, however, it’ll provide enough new content and experiences to keep fueling their interest in the game. (A game that, let’s be honest, is starting to grow a little long in the tooth by this point.)
Not being a huge fan of Warcraft lore, I don’t really have feelings for the Pandaren either way. I am however curious how they’ll work out being available to both factions. That was how I initially thought Goblins might be introduced as playable characters, but then of course they became a Horde-only race. How will it be explained that a race like the Pandaren would fight amongst themselves?
Oh, and the pet battles are certainly an… interesting addition. Not to say that the idea is intended to mimic a certain other game out there whose name escapes me at the moment, mind you.