Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Global Launch Celebration

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release today to announce the Global Launch Parties for the release date of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria on September 25th.

Blizzard developers will be at the global launch party events in Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, USA, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Taiwan. Visit www.blizzard.com/company/events/

As a reminder, visit today your favorite retailer (Gamestop, EBGames, Best Buy, Fry’s, etc.) or call by phone to secure your Collector’s Edition. If you do not have a purchase/pre-order ticket, you won’t get a CE on launch date. I have gone through this experience two consecutive years while trying to secure CE copies for giveaways. Heed the call.

As of a few days ago, an Amazon representative told me players can still pre-order the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition. If you already pre-ordered, and forgot to choose release-day delivery, cancel that order and place a new pre-order with the release-day delivery option (USA only).

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled plans for several official global launch events celebrating the upcoming release of World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™. Beginning on the evening of September 24 , key retail partners in the US, France , Germany , Italy , Russia , Spain , Sweden , the UK , Brazil , Mexico , Chile , and the region of Taiwan will welcome gamers who will be among the first to purchase and play the highly anticipated fourth expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Members of the World of Warcraft development team will be on hand at many of the official launch events to meet players and sign their copies of the game.

In the US, the launch event will take place in Southern California , near Blizzard headquarters:

    Where: Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center (Google Map)
    71 Fortune Drive
    Irvine, California 92618

    When: 9:00 p.m. PDT on September 24


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Attendees will be treated to a stage presentation featuring an evening of activities, special guests, giveaways, and entertainment — including a “challenge-mode challenge” between Blizzard employees and members of the community — before the expansion goes on sale at midnight. For further details on each of the global launch events, visit www.blizzard.com/company/events/.

“We can’t wait to meet up with players around the world and celebrate with them at the official launch events,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment . “A lot of hard work and long hours went into making Mists of Pandaria a truly epic expansion, so we’re really looking forward to coming together and having some fun with the community before everyone takes off for the new continent.”

In addition to the official US launch event, other retail locations around the country will open at midnight local time to support gamers eager to pick up the expansion as soon as it’s available. Check with local retailers for further details.

Attendees at the Mists of Pandaria launch events will be able to purchase the standard edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $39.99 ) as well as the retail exclusive Collector’s Edition (suggested retail price $79.99 ), which contains the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • A World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray two-disc set including over an hour of developer interviews and commentary
  • The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition soundtrack CD
  • The Art of Mists of Pandaria, a 208-page hardback tome including never-before-seen artwork from the development process
  • World of Warcraft Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, StarCraft® II Battle.net® portraits, and Diablo® III banner sigil and accent
  • A special-edition World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria mouse pad featuring Chen Stormstout, the legendary pandaren brewmaster

Players will also be able to purchase an activation code for the Digital Deluxe edition of the expansion (suggested retail price $59.99 ) at select retailers. The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of Mists of Pandaria as well as the digital items from the retail exclusive Collector’s Edition.

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.

For more information about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently open — visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.


UNITED STATES

Irvine, USA – GAMESTOP

September 24, 9:00 PM PDT

Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Mall
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

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EUROPE

Cologne, Germany – E-Werk Koeln

September 24, 20:00 CEST

E-Werk Köln
Schanzenstraße 36
51063 Köln

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Russell Brower – Director of Audio
Jason Hutchins – Game Producer
Gary Platner – Lead Environment Artist
Tina Wang – 3D Artist
Kelli Hoover – Associate 3D Artist

Stockholm – Webhallen

Stockholm – Webhallen
Sveavägen 39
11134 Stockholm

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Chris Robinson – Art Director
Thomas Pieracci – Producer

Paris – THE SHOWCASE

September 24, 20:30 CEST

Port des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris

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Greg Street – Lead Systems Designer
Carlos Guerrero – Senior Game Producer
Jonathan Dumont – Lead Level Designer

Milan – Magazzini Generali

September 24, 21:00 CEST

Via Pietrasanta, 14
20141 Milano

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Tom Chilton – Game Director
Terrie Denman – Senior Artist

Madrid – GAME

September 24, 21:30 CEST

C.C. Principe Pío
Paseo de la Florida S/N
28008 Madrid

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Cory Stockton – Lead Content Designer
Candace Thomas – Game Designer

London – GAME

September 24, 20:00 GMT

Café de Paris,
3-4 Coventry Street
London

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Scott Mercer – Senior Game Designer
Darren Williams – Senior Software Engineer

Moscow – Metropolis Shopping Center

September 24, 20:00 MSK

Ленинградское шоссе, 16a/4
Москва

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John Lagrave – Lead Game Producer
Paul Kubit – Game Designer


LATINO AMERICA

Mexico – Game Rush

Av. Universidad #697,
Colonia del Valle.
Mexico City. D.F.

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Santiago, Chile – ZMART

September 25th, 7:00pm

Drugstore Providencia
Av. Providencia 2124 Locales 41-42
Providencia, Chile

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John Hight – Lead Game Producer
Marcio Martins – Senior Software Engineer

Sao Paulo – FNAC

September 24th

FNAC Paulista
Av. Paulista, 901
Sao Paulo

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John Hight – Lead Game Producer
Marcio Martins – Senior Software Engineer


ASIA

Taipei – North Square, The Red House

September 26th, 19:00 CST

10 Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City 108

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Sarah Verrall – Senior Level Designer
Tom Thompson – Lead Software Engineer

 
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