BlizzCon just got under way today out in California and they’re not wasting any time in making the big announcements including the next expansion for WoW: Mists of Pandaria.
A lot of fans have been waiting a long time to be able to play the Pandarens and at one point there was talk it wouldn’t happen due to China’s sensitivity on how pandas are portrayed (WoW has a huge subscriber base in China). Apparently this will be the only new race in this expansion and it’ll be playable by both the Alliance and Horde. They bring with them the new Monk class which you can see a little of in the trailer above.
The other new features sound intriguing as well. A pet combat system? I’m assuming this is for the companion pets as only a few classes have pets capable of combat (e.g. hunter, mage, warlock). An entirely new talent system is a bit of a surprise considering how major the last revamp was. Raising the level cap by 5 seems like the new standard for expansions so no surprise there. Dungeon challenges sounds like it could be fun, though we kinda have that already with the achievement system. Obviously there’s still a lot of details to be filled in, but it should help to keep my interest in WoW chugging along.