The date has been set. Blizzard has announced that the Mists of Panderia expansion for World of Warcraft will launch on September 25, 2012.
Digital pre-orders are available now in both standard and deluxe versions.
I am sure there will also be a physical collector’s edition with the usual making of art book, music tracks CD, and other extras.
One of the biggest reactions I have seen to the digital deluxe edition is because it does not include a pet. A special pet… or three special pets… has been one of the traditional bonuses for collector’s editions.
It does however include a special mount. Mounts go for $25 at the Blizzard store, and the deluxe edition is only $20 more than the standard edition, so you could view it as a discounted mount purchase I suppose. The other items, more sigil fluff in Diablo III and some StarCraft II portraits seem, well… pretty meaningless to me.
But that kind of sums up my feelings about Mists of Panderia at the moment. The expansion is adding a new race, a new class, five more levels, pet battles, and some new lands to explore.
But nothing about it has me very excited. For starters, creating a panda character means 10 new levels of content, then 50 level of solo focused Cataclysm, 10 levels of Burning Crusade, 10 levels of Lich King, and 5 levels of Cataclysm until you get back to the new content.
Or you could just take one of your probably already at level cap characters and try out the new high level content.
Pet battles interests me mildly. Not enough to actually download the beta now that they are finally in, but enough that I will certainly poke my nose in to see what it is about at launch. I will still be in the last 30 days of my 1 year subscription commitment when this goes live.
But otherwise I am just not feeling it.
Of course, that might be a good thing.
If you are a long time reader you might have noticed a correlation between games about which I have been excited… Warhammer Online, Star Trek Online, Star Wars: The Old Replublic (now officially Tortanic), and the Cataclysm expansion… and games which have disappointed me. The higher my spirits, the further they fall.
A sad commentary on life I suppose.
Meanwhile, I have often ended up enjoying things that I was initially unexcited about. Rift, Wrath of the Lich King, EverQuest II Extended… I was skeptical of these, yet ended up enjoying them quite a bit.
It is sort of a variation on the Oscar the Grouch “happy when I am angry, angry when I am happy” thing. Sort of.
Anyway, it is going to be an interesting third quarter this year. Guild Wars 2 goes live on August 28, the LOTRO Expansion Riders of Rohan shows up on September 5 last I checked, and Torchlight II is threatening to ship in September as well, though nothing is official there so it might change.
Meanwhile, I am still playing Rift and EVE Online. The instance group, once the summer hiatus comes to an end, still have a few dungeons to do before hitting level cap in Rift, at which point there might be an official date for the Storm Legion expansion. It was previously slated for “Fall 2012.”
And EVE Online… well, they release all sorts of stuff all the time there.
So there will be pandemonium in just the number of like games launching or launching new content.
What else is going to launch between now and Christmas?