WoW: Mists of Pandaria Release Date Information

Posted Thu, Jul 26, 2012 by Xerin

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria has an official release date and we've got all the info you need on the date, the different editions, and much more.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is slated to launch on September 25th, 2012 which is about two months from now. This release date will come roughly a month after the launch of Guild Wars 2 and follows a summer full of big name MMO releases. The price is $39.99 for the normal edition and $59.99 for the digital collectors edition. This will be the first content update that WoW has received in ten months, the last being patch 4.3 which came out November 29th, 2011.

Pricing and Editions

Blizzard is tackling this expansion a bit differently with pricing. Cataclysm was $39.99 and the collectors edition was $79.99. This time around, the pricing remains the same, but you can get the digital goods for an extra $20.00 if you don’t care for the artbook and other goodies. Here is a rundown of the different editions:

Standard Edition - $39.99

The standard edition comes in at about forty dollars and contains the base game and that’s it. Of course, that’s about what most players want when it comes to an expansion, since the collector edition goodies are more or less optional and most players already love their mounts.

Digital Collector’s Edition - $59.99

A new trend in MMO gaming, digital collector’s editions contain the neat digital items without the bulky collectors edition box. You’ll receive:

  • Imperial Quilen flying mount
  • Lucky Quilen Cub
  • Starcraft II Portrait
  • Diablo III Sigil / Accent

Which, interestingly enough, is pretty much the standard price for a mount from the blizzard store.

Collector’s Edition - $79.99

But wait, there’s more! The collector’s edition contains everything you see above plus:

  • Behind the Scenes DVD & Blu-Ray
  • Soundtrack CD
  • The Art of Mists of Pandaria
  • Chen Stormstout Mousepad

This is the first time the collector’s edition has included a mount. Previous versions have included pets.

Release Date Pre-Orders

A big question a lot of players have often is whether or not to pre-order. Things have changed a lot in the gaming world since the days of gaming retailers not having copies to supply demand. In general, if you want to play the very second the servers go live then you’ll want the digital edition pre-order.

If you don’t care about playing the very second the servers are flipped on (or want a boxed copy), then you’ll want to decide if you want to do the midnight event or not. It’s best to pre-order to avoid getting stuck at the back of the line and/or the chance that they may run out of copies.

If neither tickle your fancy, then pre-ordering is optional. Big box retailers will be loaded with copies the morning of the 25th. Although it’s not much of a problem anymore, I had to drive 50 miles in order to find a copy of Wrath of the Lich King many years ago, so pre-ordering generally isn’t a bad idea. On the flipside, Diablo III had a mountain of copies everywhere from day one, so availability probably won’t be an issue.

Server and Release Timing

This time around, it looks like servers will flip on at midnight EST time instead of PST. This means that west coast players will get on three hours earlier while east coast players will finally be able to log in at midnight instead of 3 AM. This also means that the midnight events out west will happen after the servers go live, meaning that if you want to play the very second the game comes up then you’ll definitely want to do the digital pre-order.

The game will be releasing a week after Borderlands 2 goes live and a month after the release of Guild Wars 2. It’s no secret that Blizzard games hit right after big name MMO launches, so for the most part the release date isn’t a huge shocker, although Borderlands fans may have to put the game down for a bit to hop into the Mists of Pandaria.

Of course, you'll probably want to take a look at our 5 Important MoP Changes between now and there to find out about stuff like fixed mana and stat changes.

Warcraft 4 and the Future

Of course, with this expansion pretty much ending anything at all that was left in Warcraft III, except for I guess the Emerald Dream, we all have to ask ourselves if we’ll see a Warcraft IV after this. The best guess I can have is that at this point, there is a pretty big chance that we will. We also have “project titan” coming up soon and, unless Blizzard magically transforms into doing the six month or one year expansions, the next expansion may be far far off in the horizon.

What do you think about the upcoming expansion? Ready to launch into Pandaria or does something else have your attention? Let us know in the comments section below.

I don't really like the changes that are bieng made, but I will upgrade anyway, because evan if I don't upgrade the changes will be made anyway. It's not the pandarans i don't like it is the interface, and action changes I object to.

I'm currently still playing SW:TOR, but I pre-ordered the boxed Collector's Edition of MOP and I will be playing on release date. I'm not sure how long it will hold my interest from SW:TOR, but we'll see. I've been playing in the MOP beta and I have to say I find this expansion the least I've been excited about out of all of them.

Lol ... same here. Playing SWTOR since day 1 and still having a blast. Never ever was any game in my life (and I'm old as there are levels in SWTOR :-))) able to keep me at one shot for more then 3 to 4 months max before some detour. SWTOR is close to double that ammount of time. Best game ever for me. And before best game ever was exactly Wow and 3rd Rift.
For sure will play Wow but this will be first expansion ever I'm not really dieing from wish to play it. Before there was no SWTOR and no Rift.
About Panda expansion ... i can not stress enough how much I hate getting 1 talent point only after every 15 levels. Getting candy after every level is most fun thing and they are now removing this. I hate to say it but they will destroy even further wow cumulative to all mistakes they did with Cata (despite enjoyed there to level all my 10 alts to max).

they should put it off for another six months so I and my parents can get our I absolutely hate the new "talent" system. Absolutely, unequivocally despise it to the core of my being.

I am currently more into diablo and so far as i can see, am not at all thrilled with MOP...or the direction wow has gone in general. I am a vanilla veteran and have been playing since practically day one. I loved vanilla, BC and WotLK, though i didn't get as into BC and WotLK as i would have hoped (had parents and school to deal with). Cata, had some good ideas and is the one expac i've prolly put the most time into, but i still think they didn't execute it all that well. They started to over simplify it WotLK and Cata, and now MOP seems even more overly simplistic. I like the pandaren idea, im completely for some of the content but the whole revamp and changing of basic things is...its just wrong. WoW has always been an all time favorite but I think they have been ruining it. I mean, LFG and LFR are good concepts, but people are too much of assholes for it to work as good as it should. Back in vanilla, well before LFD or LFR, if you wanted to do something, you actually had to branch out. Now its faster but too mechanical... you get in pound through and dont even share any camaraderie (in some rare situations you do get some awesome people but right after your kinda screwed over cuz they aren't on your server so after a dungeon or two its kinda over and you most likely wont see them again..). On the other hand, if some asshole ninjas, there are no consequences for the same reason: not like your ever gonna see them again and you cant get them blacklisted on the server. Pretty much the newer systems while they speed things up, they suck on the social aspect. Also, the stat changes however simplified, it just makes it less fun comparing gear and what not. All in all, while the new content is exciting, the simplification is complete rubbish.

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