SHANGHAI, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, the fourth expansion set for the world's most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will launch in mainland China on October 2, 2012. For the first time ever, Chinese players will be able to join the rest of the global World of Warcraft community within the same one-week global launch period.
Also a first for the game's community in China, Chinese players will have the opportunity to own the premiere Chinese "Ultimate Edition" of Mists of Pandaria, available at a price of 486 CNY. This exclusive set includes an appealing package of bonus items:
- World of Warcraft in-game mount: Take to the skies of Azeroth astride the mystical Imperial Quilen flying mount;
- World of Warcraft in-game pet: Journey across Pandaria with the Lucky Quilen Cub at your side;
- World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria PC-game DVD;
- The Art of Mists of Pandaria book: Explore this 208-page hardcover tome featuring never-before-seen artwork from the expansion, from early concepts to final 3D renderings;
- Chen Stormstout mouse pad: Equip your desk with this special-edition mouse pad featuring the legendary pandaren brewmaster;
- StarCraft® II Battle.net® portraits: Bring the Horde and Alliance rivalry to the far reaches of the Koprulu sector with exclusive Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar Battle.net portraits;
- Behind-the-Scenes DVD: Learn about the creation of Pandaria with this two-disc set featuring over an hour of commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables; and,
- Soundtrack CD: Experience 20 orchestral pieces from Mists of Pandaria.
The "Ultimate Edition" is now available for preorder through the Blizzard Entertainment online store (http://bmall.163.com/) and other popular sites, including 360buy.com, amazon.cn, and dangdang.com. Preordered copies of the Mists of Pandaria "Ultimate Edition" will begin shipping on September 28; players will be able to access the content when the expansion goes live on October 2.
"We're excited to bring Mists of Pandaria to China on October 2, making this expansion a truly global launch," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Mists of Pandaria contains the biggest variety of new content we've ever created for a World of Warcraft expansion, with features that will appeal to new players, veterans, and everyone in between. We hope players enjoy exploring everything Pandaria has to offer."
"Releasing a new World of Warcraft expansion within the same global launch week represents a historic moment for Chinese players," said William Ding, CEO of NetEase, Inc. "We are proud to do our part in bringing Mists of Pandaria to gamers around the world. With abundant Chinese and other Eastern culture elements in the game, I am confident it will be widely embraced by the passionate Chinese player community."
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 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 new way to play cooperatively with friends; challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria's 5-player dungeons; and an all-new pet battle system.
To learn more about World of Warcraft and Mists of Pandaria, please visit the official website at http://www.warcraftchina.com.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes fourteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
About NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) is a leading China-based Internet technology company that pioneered the development of applications, services and other technologies for the Internet in China. NetEase's online communities and personalized premium services have established a large and stable user base for the NetEase websites, which are operated by its affiliates. In particular, NetEase provides online game services to Internet users through its in-house development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games, including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II and III, Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty, Datang and Ghost, as well as the licensed Blizzard Entertainment games World of Warcraft and StarCraft II.
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